I recently visited Park Road in Sittingbourne and was very impressed by all the action taking place! Everyone is very busy getting involved in a wide range of jobs and activities.
Heather is supported to visit her mum in a nursing home, which makes them both very happy. Heather also enjoys playing the piano at a local forum for people with learning disabilities, where she plays her own tunes and provides much laughter and enjoyment for everyone there. People from other homes attend too and everyone joins in by clapping along to the music and getting up to dance!
The people we support at Park Road have done a brilliant job at designing their garden and re-vamping it with an Alice in Wonderland theme. It was their own decision to improve the garden and they enjoyed painting the wall in multi-colours, to brighten it up for winter. They also painted a chest of drawers which they turned into steps and bought tea-pots and lights to go with the Alice in Wonderland theme.
Russell does voluntary work at his local charity shop sorting out the clothing and displaying it. He also tidies the shop and sorts out the bric-a-brac, making sure everything looks good for the customers. At Christmas time, Russell helps to feed homeless people at the Salvation Army and enjoys the social interaction and friendships he has made.
Stacey has a paid job at a local dog stadium where she walks the dogs, brushes and feeds them and cleans their kennels. She enjoys looking after them before and after their races and gets paid for it too!
Jordan volunteers twice a week as a mobile car mechanic. He makes oil changes in people’s cars, washes them inside and out and is learning about how car engines work. He is looking forward to his role progressing into paid employment.
Matthew attends college where he’s been studying Photography and Art. He is very excited to have had his art work displayed for the public to see. He has also recently obtained a Level 2 in Maths – staff are very proud of him!
Each person supported at Park Road has a fun book with photos showing their Wheel of Engagement achievements. This includes evidence of participation in domestic activities and is a wonderful way of displaying and keeping a record of successes.
It’s all very inspiring. Well done Park Road!
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