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Students successfully complete Supported Internships

SupportedInternships

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

Christine - The cottage

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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Helping you vote in this General Election 2017 – a selection of resources from around the web

Your Vote Matters [square - April 2017]

It is important to us at Surrey Choices that the people we support have every opportunity to have their voice heard and for their views to be listened to. With the upcoming General Election 2017, we wanted to pull together resources to help you, or someone you support, make their mind up and choose to vote.

If you were not registered to vote for the local elections earlier this year, you will need to sign up to vote for the general election. This must be done by Monday 22 May 2017.

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Blooming good Secret Garden set to open for Surrey residents

A tray of red and pink daisies at the Garden Centre

Horticulture loving members of the community are being invited in for a sneak peek around the Surrey Choices Secret Garden following a major revamp of the plant nursery.

Families are welcome to join in the fun at the Redhill based centre with a range of activities, ranging from face painting for kids, through to afternoon tea, crafts and a compost workshop.

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Green-fingered group helping to create a new woodland for National Gardening Week

Member of the Growth Team at the base of a young tree tying it up to the wooden support

A green-fingered group of Surrey Choices customers have been busy helping to create a new woodland at an 18-acre estate of outstanding natural beauty as National Gardening Week approaches.

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Happy 1st Birthday to our Personal Assistant service

Our service that provides support to people with disabilities to help enhance their lives at home and in the community is celebrating its first birthday.

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Art in Staines gets a spot at the library

Image of a painting of a tiger that will feature in the Nexus Art Exhibition

A prominent spot in the heart of the Staines-upon-Thames community will be soon showcasing the artistic offerings of our Nexus Activity Centre.

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Knitting and nattering for AgeUK

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A group in Guildford have been busy knitting and nattering to create 95 individually fun hats small enough to fit on top of a bottle of smoothie.
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Learn the art of woodwork at Lockwood Centre taster sessions

Man sawing a plank of red wood with a hand saw

Come along to a Woodwork taster sessions at Lockwood Activity Centre to learn all about the art of woodworking!

Visitors to our centre, based on Westfield Road in Guildford, will have the opportunity to extend their skills and acquire the knowledge of how to transform secondhand pieces of wood into new and exciting items, from garden features such as bird tables and planters, to key rings and wooden toys for children.

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Hidden talents revealed at star-studded show

Hidden Stars Talent Show winner, Kerry holding her star trophy and gold envelope

Talented performers from across Surrey came together for a star-studded spectacle at the Surrey Choices Lockwood Activity Centre in Guildford, raising a staggering £1000 for local children’s hospice, Shooting Star Chase, as well as for two local girls who are suffering from a rare form of kidney cancer.

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Apprenticeship fulfils lifetime dream for Lewis

A picture from outside the Channel 4 building. A huge multi coloured 4 covers the front door

A lifetime dream has been fulfilled for a 21-year-old man with Asperger’s syndrome and autism after he secured an apprenticeship with Channel 4.

Since leaving college, Lewis Barlow-Hyde aspired to work within the media industry but he never believed that he would realise his dreams due to the barriers he felt he had to overcome.

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EmployAbility represent at Redhill’s Ability Fair

Surrey Choices exhibition stand

A jointly hosted event to promote employers and providers of Adult Social Care in the east of Surrey will be attended by the Surrey Choices EmployAbility team to promote both the current carer vacancies and the opportunities Surrey Choices can provide to people with a range of needs and disabilities.

Jobcentre Plus and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council have invited key organisations to Redhill’s Ability Fair, an information sharing event on Tuesday 21 March 2017 at the Redhill Methodist Centre, 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

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In the line up for the Mayor’s Variety Show

Surrey Choices Rhythmic Collision Dance Group

The Surrey Choices Rhythmic Collision Dance Company will be putting on a star-studded show alongside many of Guildford’s best performing arts groups in a show to celebrate contributions to the cultural life of the town.

The Mayor of Guildford’s Variety Show will be an afternoon of dramatic and musical entertainment with proceeds shared between the Mayor’s chosen charities. These charities include the Surrey Hills Trust Fund and the Mayor of Guildford’s Local Distress Fund.

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Send in your stamps to achieve something great

Red, blue and purple stamps scattered over a brown envelope

Did you know that your used stamps can help raise well needed funds for our chosen charities?
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Bletchingley Activity Centre Opens

Bletchingley Art Room

A site in Tandridge has successfully opened to customers of Surrey Choices to provide access to services in localised areas. The creation of this new service for the company comes before similar community based facilities in both Reigate and Caterham celebrate one year of operation.

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Enchanting Tales Art Exhibition

Art Supplies

Ochre Print Studio is delighted to announce their forthcoming exhibition, Enchanting Tales, at Guildford’s Harvey Gallery, in conjunction with Surrey Choices. Artist members of Ochre Print Studio regularly work with the clients of Surrey Choices under the Ochre PrintAble label. The exhibition will show prints and other works produced by Surrey Choices’ artist-clients attending a range of sessions at their Lockwood Centre; including prints, textile works and jewellery.

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Download your copy of our easy to read information card

Police

We strongly believe in providing information in suitable formats to ensure everyone has access to resources to be able to make informed decisions.

After our recent visit from the Diversity Team at Surrey Police, we were inspired to create an easy to use Police information card detailing how we can work with our local Police force to make us safe.

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Support us with onegoodthing so we can help our community

Two hands offering to give, donate or charity

We want to make sure our fundraising efforts for our chosen charities are packed full of fabulous things, that’s why we’re asking you to donate onegoodthing to be raffled in one of our many events throughout 2017.

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We smiled our blues away! An uplifting campaign for a positive start to 2017

Smile Your Blues Away

Trying something different, making small changes and keeping active were just some of the ways that Surrey Choices aimed to lift the spirits of it’s staff and customers during January 2017.

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Upcoming / Recent Events

Bletchingley Activity Centre Open Day

14 June 2017

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The Larches Activity Centre Open Day

21 June 2017

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Nexus Activity Centre Open Day

7 July 2017

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Woodmansterne Activity Centre Open Day

12 July 2017

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