Music garden opens at Lockwood Activity Centre

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.

Opportunities on offer for people with complex needs

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.

The benefits of Rebound Therapy

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.

Helping people with autism to thrive in the workplace

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.

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

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.

Sparky’s Café gives confidence boost to Ben

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.