27 Jan

Well, it has been another busy week for our young people here at Horizons.

Hayley’s group have had lots of fun this week celebrating Burns Night complete with their handmade Scottish flags. They have also been celebrating the forthcoming Chinese New Year. Each of the young people researched which animal represents the year that they were born before getting out the paint again..

..along with making a large Chinese dragon today as a group. They also prepared Chinese food including egg fried rice and Chinese noodles..

The food went down really well and as you can see, Liam in particular was keen to dig in..

The group have also continued with their ‘Movies’ project, creating their very own Hollywood ‘Walk of Fame’..

..together with their own movie music..

Gary’s group have had another fantastic week on placement at Dr Kershaw’s and are making a huge difference in the support that they are offering. Andrew has now completed a volunteer application form and is hoping to pick up some more shifts at the weekends. The group also had a fantastic afternoon when they celebrated Jack’s birthday.

Emma’s group have really enjoyed their dance session this week as you can see here…

They have also started their very own ‘Movie’ project too this week and are creating a model of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! I look forward to updating you with a picture of the end product in a future blog.

Jeff’s group continue to do a fantastic job in their maintenance session around the building and this week they have been tidying up the staff car park..

They have also enjoyed a session at Ability Wheelz..

..and were busy out and about in the community..

As you already know, they also have no trouble winding down and relaxing afterwards..

Now I will pass you over to Mr Greenway for an update from our Activ8 group..

‘Activ8 have had a very busy start to the year! There has been no letting up after the excesses of Christmas and the boys have hit the ground running – literally, in many of the fitness sessions.

The active part of our week starts with our Duke of Edinburgh’s lessons and Mr Taylor has certainly challenged the team this month, marching us up a mountain in Mossley in the first week back which certainly blew the cobwebs off after the break and then, on the windiest day ever, up to the wind farm windmills to prepare the team for any excessive weather they may face while on their expeditions later in the year..

The spirit of the group, both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5, really comes to the fore in these sessions, with the lads having to support each other to complete the challenges laid in front of them.The teamwork on show is always a joy to see..

Our Wednesday afternoons have changed a little for the first few weeks of 2017, as we have swapped our regular rugby league sessions for some ‘non-equipment’ fitness. This is due to our partnership with Limehurst Lions and with the weather and conditions being changeable we didn’t want to ruin the playing surface at Hollinwood Cricket Club for the clubs who play there regularly. The sessions themselves focus on bodyweight exercises such as squats, press-ups, burpees and sit ups in various themed workouts, many based on films and TV shows, this week’s being ‘The Hunger Games’. The lads certainly showed their hunger and worked hard, many of them working over and above the levels set out..

The group are still making use of the excellent gym facilities at OCL. You can see the results paying off with everyone – here you can see Daniel working extremely hard..

The boys enjoy some friendly competition in the gym, motivating each other to work to their best and the results are really showing with the lads’ fitness levels now back to where they were before the break.

This week saw our first visit to the Manchester City One City Disability football competition at the new venue of Trafford Soccer Centre. We were joined by some of the Key Stage 4 boys from Hollinwood Academy and a fantastic day was had by all of the group. The Key Stage 4 boys were prolific and were on top form, the Key Stage 5 boys showed great spirit and togetherness and, while not getting the results they wished for, their effort and application certainly weren’t lacking..

The focus of our Thursday sessions with Mrs Tootill has changed from trampolining to badminton. The boys have worked on their forehand and backhand serves and completing rallies in the first few weeks. The lads have also had training in setting up the equipment and taking care of the racquets and shuttles. Again, their competitive spirit has shone through with the lads taking great pleasure each time a point is won..

An excellent start to the new year – keep it up, everyone!’

Next week, I am looking forward to visiting our Future Finders out in the community and reporting back to you on how they are getting on with their placements.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Daniel
Director of Employment & Co Head of Site at Medtia Square

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