20 May

My week began a little earlier than normal when I went over to Hopwood Hall college on Sunday to watch our Wheelchair Football team play in the league. I was involved with setting this team up over 6 years ago and it was fantastic to see how well the team are doing and what an amazing job Ross and Brad, our coaches are doing. I was on the edge of my seat as our team drew one game and then won another and I am thrilled to report that they are now joint top of the league with just one game left to play! Fingers crossed that they end the league as champions – they really do deserve to.

At Medtia Square this week we have hosted more transition visits for the young people who are joining us in the coming months. Emma welcomed students from Bridge College who were able to come along with us to our weekly horticulture session with ‘Veg in the Park’ at Waterhead park..

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Horticulture is becoming a really popular activity with our young people; Jeanette’s group have also discovered their own green fingers and have been planting potatoes this week in their new sensory garden..

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Our new Future Finders who will be starting the course in September had a very exciting taster day. They had the opportunity to visit some of the placements that are on offer to them next year and they are beginning to make choices about where they might like to work..

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Elsewhere at Horizons, Gary’s group have continued to work at the Link Centre Café..

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..and they have returned more of the finished comfort packs to the patients at the Royal Oldham Hospital..

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The group also enjoyed a fantastic day out at Manchester History Museum on Monday..

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where they explored Egyptian artefacts and learned about dinosaurs..

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.. although I wasn’t quite sure how to take it when they returned to ask me what dinosaurs were like in real life when I was a child!

Jeff’s group had a fantastic morning at Oldham Library this week when they were invited to a reading by guest novelist Alan Gibbons who has written a series of new stories dealing with modern day issues faced by young people. Alan also talked about his son who is a graphic cartoonist living in London which really impressed our group..

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All our young people have been busy enjoying various other activities, as you can see here in a few more pictures here..

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I am keeping my blog shorter than usual, however, as this week has seen us struggling to come to terms with the sudden and unexpected loss of one of our colleagues and friends, Tracy Lowe. I would like to direct you to Graham’s blog here which sums up perfectly how highly we thought of Tracy and how much she will be missed by us all. Our thoughts are with her family at this dreadful time.

Daniel Wood
Future Finders Manager