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Success at Sport Guildford Awards 2017 for Surrey Choices

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We are very pleased to announce that our Rebound Therapy team were highly commended in the disability sports category at the Sport Guildford Awards 2017. (more…)

BBC Surrey’s Big Bus Tour rolls into Camberley 

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We are excited to announce that Surrey Choices were on BBC Radio Surrey recently as part of their big bus tour around Surrey.

The bus tour visited different parts of Surrey throughout the week and spoke with members of the local community in each location. This final show of the week was based in Camberley.

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Nick Walewski storms into the Mixcloud Blues charts

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We’re delighted to announce that our Direction Radio’s presenter Nick Walewski has climbed into the top 30 of the Mixcloud Blues chart.

With Mixcloud hosting thousands of shows daily, Nick’s latest show (Show 49) was placed at an impressive 29 out of 100.

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A special thank you to everyone who contributed to our Macmillan success

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Our staff, customers and volunteers enjoyed a cup of tea and a slice of cake to support popular Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning fundraiser.

As a result of the generosity of our donors, and the continued hard work from our staff and volunteers, we were able to raise an astounding £1264.35.

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Personal Assistance recruitment event

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We are inviting people to consider a career in care and to find out more about our unique ‘Personal Assistance’ service.

At Surrey Choices, we support people with a range of abilities to find the best care, activities and services for their needs across Surrey.
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Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning

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Our activity centres across the county will be clubbing together to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. This charity is always well supported by our customers and a firm favourite in our events calendar.

A number of these events are also open to the public and we welcome you to join us on the day in our activity centres. (more…)

How does your garden grow?

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We are delighted to announce the winners of the Surrey Choices 2017 Sunflower Competition.

A number of groups and individuals took part in the competition and we were thrilled to see so many cheery sunflowers in bloom.

This week we announced the following winners:

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Music garden opens at Lockwood Activity Centre

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Customers from Lockwood Activity Centre were in a celebratory mood this week when the centre’s new Music Garden officially opened.

The opening coincided with the centre’s open day event and customers were keen to demonstrate what the Music Garden has to offer.

The Music Garden is another great opportunity for our customers to be able to build skills, express themselves and improve communication through musical instruments.

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Opportunities on offer for people with complex needs

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Two Surrey Choices employees spoke of the opportunities on offer for children and young people with complex conditions at a Transition Training Day held at New Woking Hospice recently.

Christina Earl, Acting Operations Director, and Bobby Williams, Activity Facilitator from the Guildford Office Project, described how young people with a range of support needs can make the successful transition from children’s services to adult care if given the right opportunities. (more…)

Customers celebrate success of Rebound Therapy

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Our talented customers have been presented with certificates in celebration of their commitment to trampolining during Rebound Therapy sessions at Lockwood.

Twenty individuals enrolled on the Winstrada trampolining development programme were recognised, receiving grades between levels one to six.  (more…)

The benefits of Rebound Therapy

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There is no doubt that physical exercise is important for all of us and increasingly people with disabilities are embracing sports and activities because of the significant benefits it brings to their health and general well-being.

Surrey Choices provides a range of activities for the people it supports but it cites Rebound Therapy as one of its most popular activities. It introduced the therapy sessions in September 2015 and it has proved to be extremely beneficial to customers. The exercise helps to promote balance, facilitate movement, increase or decrease muscle tone and aids relaxation and sensory integration. (more…)

Support worker celebrates 30 years in the sector

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One of our support workers has marked his 30th year of working in the adult and social care sector.

David Lawrence embarked on his career in 1987 when he joined Surrey County Council’s Bentley Day Services as a Support Worker, before working his way up to a Senior Activity Facilitator. (more…)

Helping people with autism to thrive in the workplace

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I have been working with job seekers with autism for over 10 years and have experience of family and friends with autistic spectrum conditions and also with ADHD. I really admire many of the qualities of people on the spectrum, but also understand some of their challenges that can hold them back. Along with a colleague of mine with aspergers, we were invited to speak at a conference at Kingston University recently to talk about how employment works for people with autism. (more…)

“Jam on Bread” album cover hits all the right notes for Party in the Park

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A Surrey Choices customer has won a competition to design an album cover after her work was displayed at Woking’s annual ‘Party in the Park’ event recently.

Broadcaster Mike Read and Patty Parfitt, former wife of the late Status Quo frontman Rick Parfitt, announced Debbie Taylor as the overall winner, rewarding her with £100 worth of Hobbycraft vouchers for her winning ‘Jam on Bread’ artwork.

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Sparky’s Café gives confidence boost to Ben

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Greater independence has been achieved for a 33 year-old man with a learning disability after seven months of working at Sparky’s Café in Guildford.

Following a successful interview and trial day Ben started work in November 2016, learning how to operate the till, interact with customers and serve a variety of hot drinks to them whilst maintaining a clean café area. (more…)

Disabled individuals invited to join local radio station as DJs

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A community radio station for people with disabilities is calling on enthusiastic individuals to join its team of DJ’s.

Direction Radio aims to give a stronger voice to people with disabilities and provides all the training and technology to produce professional and engaging shows.

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Dance show to explore disabilities

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Surrey Choices Rhythmic Collision Dance Company is inviting local residents along to Camberley Theatre in July to witness a unique performance that aims to improve understanding of learning disabilities and change people’s concept of dance.

Rhythm of Life II will be performed by Rhythmic Collision Dance Company and children from Cordwalles Junior School, who have teamed up to create an ensemble of choreography that reflects life issues, from dementia, anger and nightmares, through to love, family and confusion. (more…)

Students successfully complete Supported Internships

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A group of students were celebrating this week after successfully completing their Supported Internships with Surrey Choices.

Supported Internships help young people to achieve sustainable, paid employment. The progamme allows the young person to learn in the workplace whilst also having the chance to study for relevant qualifications, if suitable, at an appropriate level.

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Shared Lives Week 2017 – #SharedLivesChoiceForAll

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Our service which matches adults who need support with host carers who provide them with care in their home continues to go from strength to strength.

Surrey Choices Shared Lives is a service provided by carefully chosen single people, couples or families who offer support and accommodation within their own households. The people they support live or stay as part of the Shared Lives Carers’ family having been carefully matched by experienced teams at Surrey Choices.

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Open day at The Cottage

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A dementia-focused service that supports people with learning disabilities is hosting an open day later this month.

The Cottage Activity Centre, based in the heart of Ewell Village, organises a range of activities for its customers that are tailored to meet their needs in a dementia-friendly designed environment.

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