A group of four from Short Breaks Banstead recently ventured down to the coast and spent the day at the oldest aquarium in the world, Sealife Brighton.
For one member of the group, Harold, this was the first time he had been away from home for more than one night, but he decided to take the leap and go out on the day trip.
One of Harold’s concerns was about how the trip would affect mealtimes, so colleagues worked with Harold and another attendee Jack to develop a plan that would suit everyone. They decided to get fish and chips for lunch before going into Sealife and get an ice cream afterwards. Planning this in advance helped reduce their anxiety and meant they could enjoy seeing all of the animals including giant turtles and sharks.
In previous years, there was more uncertainty around when the minibus was available to use which restricted Short Breaks Banstead’s ability to book bigger trips. To combat this, they established set days when the minibus is available and can now pre-plan many more trips. Colleagues at Short Breaks Banstead have also set up an activity board so people can see what upcoming trips have been planned which has opened up the conversation and encouraged the group to try new things.
The group had a fantastic time and loved seeing the sea creatures. The trip was such a success that Short Breaks have already planned their next visit to Marwell Zoo.
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