Two champagne glasses mid air clinking

Sparks Fly at Speed Dating in Staines

Our first Surrey Choices Speed Dating evening in Staines was not only about romance but meeting new people, broadening social lives outside the usual day opportunities and just plain old fun!

The positive aspects of this event focused on the great prospects of making a positive impact for our customers. The aim to support our customers and other people with a variety of support needs to develop friendships and relationships is a very important goal. By achieving this it can help combat isolation and loneliness and improve health and well being.

Gardening together achieves new practical outdoor space

The Surrey Choices’ Growth Team and the Empower Results team from Aon Plc joined forces on Thursday 11 June to landscape our Short Breaks Banstead.
Our Growth Team usually take on a variety of countryside management projects, maintaining rights of way across the county including large public spaces but it was a great experience to work on something closer to home. The team worked hard sprucing up the grounds of our brand new Short Breaks accommodation to ensure each guest has a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy.

The successful students from Brooklands College with tutors and mentors all stood outside of a hospital building

Ashford and St Peter’s support young people with learning disabilities to help with life and work skills

Seven students with learning disabilities from Brooklands College celebrated with a lunch together and a cake baked by one of the students after completing a six month work placement at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals as part of their Learning for Employment And Progression (LEAP) Pathway Entry 3 course, with the support of the Surrey Choices EmployAbility team.

Artistic Ryan has designs on dream job

An artistic Camberley man has secured his dream job thanks to a Surrey Choices service that helps people with disabilities to find employment.

Ryan Medlock is a talented illustrator – who also happens to be autistic.

Despite holding a first class honours degree in illustration and a masters degree in children’s book illustration, Ryan had struggled to find work for years after graduating.

But since being referred to Surrey Choices EmployAbility service, Ryan has now found a job that enables him to do exactly what he loves.

Two people learning to drill carefully into wooden planks

Recycling for your future

Surrey Choices have partnered with FurnitureLink Guildford to develop a new recycling project. The project aims to develop your skills around woodwork and recycling furniture. FurnitureLink are providing a tutor and the project will run from Mondays – Thursdays commencing Monday 29 June 2015.

If you would like to try the session before you sign up, call us today to book in a suitable time to meet the team and get a taste of the project.

Officially cutting the ribbon to open Short Breaks Banstead with Short Breaks Manager Karen and Paralympic Medalist

Paralympic Medalist Helps Celebrate New Short Breaks Service

Six-time Paralympic gold medalist opens Surrey Choices’ new Short Breaks service in Banstead.

Paralympic wheelchair athlete, David Weir, cut the ribbon to Banstead Short Break Service on Wednesday 20 May to celebrate the opening of the new service with Surrey Choices staff and customers.

Surrey Choice’s Banstead Short Breaks service provides high quality respite care for adults with a wide range of needs from physical disabilities, learning disabilities, complex needs, autism and elderly care. Customers coming to Banstead Short Breaks will have their own individual care plan, a dedicated link worker, and the opportunity to attend Surrey Choices day services, as well as experiencing new activities of their choice.

The New Janet – a Shared Lives Story

Our Shared Lives Practitioner, Jo caught up with Janet at her new home in Surrey who she shares with carers Frank and Emma. Janet had been looking for a Shared Lives placement so she could become more independent whilst staying in a family setting. She was very proud of the fact that she has new clothes and shoes as she has successfully lost some weight. Janet also told Jo as soon as she walked in that she was very happy and it was “a very happy house”.