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Meet Alison... Bridging Worker for Eastleigh and Winchester
Hello! I'm Al, I have 4 sons and live by the sea. I enjoy running with my dog Bonzo, going sailing and spending time with my family. I am very excited about my new role as the Bridging Worker for Eastleigh and Winchester and I am really looking forward to helping families with disabled children access more leisure and recreational activities in my area and promoting inclusion.
'Til next time...
Alison Crabtree's blog entries
WetWheels Gateway to the Sea Days revised dates:
Tues 28th May
Sat 10th Aug
Mon 12th Aug
Sun 18th Aug
£25pp (free carer/adult)
Spring is here!
Hope everyone had a good Easter.
We had a fantastic time at Calshot on one of their No Limits Days - awesome staff and exciting activities! I would really recommend a visit if you've not been before! http://www.hampshiregateway.info/en/Calshot_Activities_Centre?form=1.
I recently met with the rather amazing Geoff Holt to discuss Gateway Card users having the opportunity to have subsidised trips on his accessible powerboat Wetwheels. We had a great meeting and now have some funded dates Sunday 26th May, Tuesday 28th May, Thursday 30th May and Sunday 2nd June. Don't miss the chance to speed across the Solent at 30mph, it's the most exhilarating experience! Hopefully more Gateway days will be available during the Summer Holidays too. http://www.hampshiregateway.info/en/Wetwheels_CIC_Ltd?form=1
I also met with Treasure Gymnastics based in Eastleigh. with classes running at loads of locations across mid-Hants They have a fantastic attitide to inclusion and are really happy to do their best for any children with additional needs who wish to join their existing gymnastics and trampolining classes - from toddlers to experts! They are also hoping to start some specialist disability classes from September so please let me know if you are interested, http://www.treasuregymnastics.co.uk/index.html contact Sian Morris mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't forget Gambado at the Swan Centre in Eastleigh are running one of their SN sessions this Saturday 20th April 6.30 - 8pm http://www.hampshiregateway.info/en/Gambado_Soft_Play_SEN_Night,_Eastleigh_-_2013/04/20_-_1
Sport, Theatre and Soft Play!
Come along and try some different sports at the Inspiring You Sports Taster Day at Fleming Park! Saturday 16th March 1-4pm. For disabled young people, adults and their families ages 5 - 95!
£2 per person. Please book your place on 023 8068 8473
This should be a fantastic day with a chance to try cricket, judo, dance, inclusive cycling, music, drama, drumming, indoor fishing and wheelchair rugby.
Information stalls, chance to sign up for regular activities, certificates and goodie bags!
The fabulous Blue Apple Theatre present Living Without Fear
Winchester Discovery Centre - Wednesday 27th March 7.30pm Box Office: 01962 873603
Developed in partnership with Hampshire police, Living Without Fear is an hour long touring production which presents the real story of what is happening in the lives of people with learning disabilities today.
Six actors with learning disabilities from Hampshire’s award-winning Blue Apple Theatre company, provide an authentic voice in tackling difficult issues around disability hate crime, bullying, fear and problems being understood and challenge us to think about our collective and individual responsibilities.
Gambado Soft Play at the Swan Centre in Eastleigh Wednesday 20th March 6-7.30pm
£6 per SEN child plus 1 adult, £4 for additional siblings
Tel. 02380 111065
We are holding special evenings for you and your families to come enjoy our fantastic facilities. We have a Tea-cup ride and climbing wall and 2 separate play frames. One for under 4 year olds and the other for 4-12 year olds. The café will be open during the evening for drinks & food.
Last minute Half-Term Ideas
Well Spring looks to have sprung! Make the most of the nice weather with a trip to a Country Park - we have lots to choose from in our area!
Royal Victoria Country Park
All week Enchanted Forest Trail Follow this self-guided trail to find out who lives in the enchanted wood. There's a prize if you find all the inhabitants.
Trails are available from our shop near the Cedar Tea Rooms.
10am - 3pm. £1.50 each.
Normal car parking charges apply.
Monday 18th Juggling Jakes Circus Workshop Come and 'Have a Go'. Great fun for all the family. Just pop into the Empire room near the Cedar Tea Rooms anytime between 11am and 3pm. Supported by' Hog the Limelight'.
Friday 22nd Peter & the Wolf by Sea Legs Puppet Theatre
Head into the dark Russian woods and meet Peter, his grandfather and Sergei Prokofiev's other wonderful characters. With a chance to meet the puppets after the show. Suitable for 3+years. Supported by' Hog the Limelight'. £5pp
2pm in the Heritage Visitor Centre.
Normal car parking charges apply.
Itchen Valley Country Park
Tuesday 19th Glove Puppet Making
Thursday 21st Clay Hedgehogs
10.30 - 12.30 £1.50/activity
Manor Farm Country Park
All week to Sunday 25th
Fun on the Farm Get involved at Manor Farm during half term with loads of exciting activities!
Make a Victorian cup and ball game in the farmhouse, but don't get caught using it in our Victorian school lesson or you'll incur the wrath of the Victorian teacher! Enjoy watching people dressed in traditional 1940's fashion whilst having a guided walk of the farmyard and meeting the farm's animals. With many other activities and even pony rides (for a small additional charge), there's something for everyone.
Eastleigh Lakeside Country Park
All week Steam Train Rides
Sporty Kids can try some FREE multi-sports taster sessions at The Hub in Bishopstoke
Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st' 1-4.30pm
Open day sessions of multi sports aimed at children with disabilities and their siblings. The open day will provide a variety of engaging and inclusive activities.
Where The Hub, Bishopstoke Road, Eastleigh
Postcode SO50 6LA
Contact Person Georgia Hamilton
Telephone 02380 647090 Email mailto:email@example.com
or Familty Outdoor Fun at 'QE2 Activty Centre Familty Activity Day
Thursday 21st 10am-4pm
Archery, climbing, ropes course, zipwire and bushcraft. Activity day for families who have a child with an additional need.
Where QE2 Activity Centre, Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane, Bursledon
Postcode SO31 1BH
Age Up to 19
Contact Person Phil Oates
Telephone 02380 404844 Email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you all have a fantastic Half-Term!!
Christmas Holiday visits to Leisure Centres
| Want your child to visit a Leisure Centre over the holidays but need some time to yourself?
Fleming Park, Eastleigh and River Park, Winchester both have Activity Buddy Schemes up and running. This enables your child or young adult to access the Leisure Centre facilities with a buddy to support them giving you a chance to have a short break! Please contact Fleming Park on 02380 684800 or River Park on 01962 848700 to register for the schemes.
Want to go swimming with your child but dreading the queuing?
Fleming Park have recently introduced a new initiative for their General Swim sessions to make life easier for you. Some parents have had issues with their children struggling to queue due to their additional needs and Fleming Park have worked with ParentVoice, HCC and the National Autistic Society to help develop a new system. Now families with a Gateway Card, Autism Alert Card, Yellow Hampshire Disability Card or other proof of additional needs can register with Fleming Park and then book holiday and weekend sessions over the phone to avoid queuing. Please contact Fleming Park on 02380 684800 for full details and an application form.
Finally I would like to wish everyone a fantastic and stress-free holiday!
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
| I know it's only the beginning of December but to get you in the spirit why not
Head down to Royal Victoria Country Park this weekend and next weekend for their Christmas Tree Festival
Two great weekends packed full of fun andactivities 10am - 4pm. Includes: Santa's Grotto (£5), childrens craft activities in the Elves Workshop, hang your Christmas wish on the Wishing Tree, roast chestnuts and mulled wine, festive music & even a ride on Santa's train! (please book train on 023 80456246)
8/9th Dec and 15/16th Dec for families & children of all ages and abilities!
Fancy something a bit less traditional? Visit the Space Mission for Santa at INTECH, Winchester 8th & 9th December 11.30am, 1.30pm & 4.20pm. 5yrs+
Live Plantearium Show with a Christmas twist! Blast off into space and help save Christmas.
The Point, Eastleigh presents UNLIMITED
| Unlimited: Celebrating Diversity Performance Platform
Come along to a very exciting event taking place at The Point, Eastleigh on Sunday 18th November at 7pm.
The Unlimited Performance Platform will be a fantastic evening of dance, theatre and music created and performed by local people with and without disabilities.
Over the last few years The Point has developed a number of creative projects for disabled people in the borough with support from Hampshire County Council Aiming High Fund. This event offers a platform for local groups in the borough and beyond to present and perform their many talents, giving the chance for all involved to celebrate our differences and our abilities.
Please spread the word – tickets for this fantastic event are only £6.00.
I shall be there with a stand so please come and say hello!
Pop Dance in Alresford, Soft Play in Eastleigh
| Fantastic NEW Hampshire Gateway PopDance Kids Class starting in Alresford this Saturday
Alternate Saturdays 9.30 – 10.30am starting Saturday 10th November
Sun Hill Junior School
£4 per session for age 5 – 11yrs
Specially designed and paced class for children with additional needs.
The classes are choreographed with child-friendly routines to music that kids love with no pressure to get the steps right.
All the classes are run in a relaxed and friendly environment where children of all abilities can have fun, be themselves and make friends. They also get some exercise without realising it!
Also Sunday morning classes for children of all abilities
9.30 – 11.30am at Alresford Community Centre
Contact Denise on 07889393436 email@example.com
Special Needs Play Session at Gambado Soft Play, Eastleigh
They are considering making this a regular event if demand is there so go along and have some fun!
13th November 6.15 – 7.45pm
Age 0 -12yrs siblings welcome
£4.50 per child (adults free)
no need to pre-book
www.gambado.com 023 80111065
Located next door to VUE Cinema in the Swan Centre, Eastleigh
Royal Victoria Country Park Activities this Weekend
Sat 13th Oct 12 noon - 5.30pm AUTUMN PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Pumpkin produce, stories, art workshops, stalls, games, BBQ, crafts, music, dancing and much more!
A fantastic day out! Bring a scarecrow for Scarecrow Alley, Listen to Herbie Armstrong (Britain's Got Talent), Snakeoil Band and many other bands!
Adults £2 Children 50p (normal parking charges)
Sun 14th Oct 12 noon - 6pm GLOBAL RHYTHMS FESTIVAL
A celebration of music, dance and culture from around the world. The day will be full of fun for all the family, featuring international artists and local talent.
Highlights include performances and workshops in:
Steel Pans - think carnival time
Indian classical music - the sound of India - sitar and tabla
Marimbas - a South African instrument from the xylophone family
Fusion music - a coming together of world music
Belly dancing - exotic and fun dance routines
Bollywood dance - high entertainment, high energy
Dhol drums - uplifting and loud drums from India
Indian classical dance - traditional dance of graceful strength
Plus Henna artists, large Rangoli and food from around the world!
For more information including how to get there please go to:
or call 0845 6035636
FREE Family Event (normal parking charges)
Winchester Half Term Fun
Tower House Horses - Horse Handling Club
Saturday 27th October 2012 Time 9am-12pm and 1.30-4.30pm
Wednesday 31st October Time 9am-12pm and 1.30-4.30pm
Sunday 4th November 2012 Time 9am-12pm and 1.30-4.30pm
Age 8 to 19
Cost £15 per session
Contact Person Susie Little
Children benefit from being around horses outdoors, building confidence by handling the horses (no riding involved), learning how horses think and behave and acquiring handling skills through fun activities.
Interacting with horses has been found to improve self-awareness, confidence, behavioural issues, social interaction and engagement in learning.
Integr8 Dance - Street Dance Taster Session
Tues 30th October at Osbourne School, Winchester.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07787 963 347 for details.
NEW Saturday Classes starting after half-term
Perins School Fun Camp
From Monday 29th October 2012
Every day until Friday 2nd November 2012
Time 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
Age 4 to 11 years
Telephone 01962 737252
For full information and bookings please see our website www.perinscommunity.co.uk/fun-camp.
and not forgetting Eastleigh!
Looking for all day activities?
YMCA Fairthorne DayCamps Mon - Fri 9.30am-3.15pm
Telephone 01489 785228 Email email@example.com
A range of outdoor and adventurous activities
QE2 Activity Centre, Bursledon
Wednesday 31st October
Climbing, archery, ropes course, zipwire
Thursday 1st November
Canoe Expedition Day
Friday 2nd November
Bushcraft and Woodland Day
10am - 4pm Children need to be accompanied by a parent/carer. Siblings welcome.
£20 per person per day. Discount: only £50 per person for all three days
Telephone 02380 404844 Email [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com]
Solent Youth Action Holiday Scheme
Tuesday 30th Oct - Thursday 1st November 2012
12.30-3.30pm at The Hilt, Chandlers Ford.
The October Half term holiday programme will be fun filled and offer lots of exciting activity for young people including volcano and lava lamp workshops, Halloween extravaganza; pumpkin lanterns and Halloween cake making and exciting excursion to Playzone
Cost £2 per session *concessions made for low income families
Telephone 02380 650514 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
One off events
Wheelchair Basketball Jamboree at Crestwood College, Eastleigh
Monday 29th October 1pm
Come along and take part in a Wheelchair Jamboree! All money raised will be donated to wheelchair sports and the team winning first prize will take home goodies from under armour and nandos!
To register, send your team name, team members, team captain and contact person to the details below
Age groups: Under 15's, Under 17's, adults
Cost £20 team entry
Telephone 07713136680 Email email@example.com
Royal Victoria Country Park Netley Abbey
Wednesday 31st October Pushing Down the Barriers 'Have a Go' countryside activities
11am - 4pm outside the shop
An opportunity for 13-25 year olds who are not in full time education, employment or training.
Come and 'Have a go' at a variety of countryside related activities including: Ash hurdle making, Flint knapping, Fire making and Stool making.
All children must be accompanied by an adult unless otherwise stated.
Cost Free entry. Normal parking charges apply.
Mon 29th Oct - Friday 2nd Nov Chilling adventures in the haunted Chapel 11am - 3.30pm each day
Chilling adventures in the haunted Chapel. Are you brave enough to venture inside? All indoors so no need to worry about the weather!
Meet at The Heritage Visitor Centre
Cost £1.50 per person. An extra charge of 50p to do the trail. Normal parking charges apply
Sunday 3rd Nov Fireworks Night
Gates open at 6pm. Fireworks at 7.30pm.
Another spectacular display to music in a beautiful setting. Refreshments, activities, miniature steam train rides and a mini fun fayre are also available.
Tickets are available from 1st October.
In advance: £5/adult, £3/child
On the night: £7/adult, £5/child, £20/family ticket (2+2)
Under 4s are free.
Telephone 023 8060 5101
10am to 4pm
The event is a cycle challenge and participation event to encouraging everyone to get on their bikes and do a ride. We are planning to have a range of adapted cycles available on the day for people to try. If you haven’t seen them already, there are several fleets of these cycles available in Hampshire at Alice Holt, Pavilion on the Park in Eastleigh, Queen Elizabeth Country park and in the New Forest. They are great because most people can be accommodated in some way to enable them to participate in the cycling experience. Quest 88 will also be there with a range of bikes and also All Aboard Bikes from RVCP.
Anyone who takes part will be able to register in advance at http://www.myjourneyhampshire.com/ and receive a free goody bag which will include a T shirt and other gifts. All registration profits will go to charity and are very low.
PS this event takes place on the last day of the Paralympics and the closing ceremony will be televised on the big screen by the cathedral - a great place to go once people have sorted out their picnic (maybe buying it from the farmers market…) and the weather looks fabulous! A really good day out!
Make the most of the last week of the holidays!
| Netley Abbey Royal Victoria Country Park – become a Marine Explorer Family for the day on Wednesday 29 Aug 2012
Join us on an exciting hunt for sea life on our Seashore Safari and make your own fantastic crafts from the shells you find.
Bring a picnic or visit the Cedar tea rooms for lunch. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Meet at the Nightingale shop at 11am (finishes at 3pm).
Please book in advance on 023 8045 5157.
Ideal for children of all abilities.
Cost: £5.00 per child. Normal car parking charges apply.
Winchester Sporting Events!
Tuesday 21st August Hampshire Wheelchair Racing Group
This is the launch of the Hampshire Wheelchair Racing Group and the start of monthly sessions with fully qualified coaches. Experienced athletes and beginners welcome. Equipment available to try out.
- Location: Winchester Sports Stadium
For further details please contact Liz Purbrick (07850 514936) firstname.lastname@example.org or Peter Hull (01962 846021) email@example.com
Wednesday 29th August Paralympics Sports ‘Light a Lantern Festival’ at River Park Sports Centre
For children from 5-19 years old and their families to come together and take part in a range of disability sports. Families should arrive at 12.30pm for a 1.00pm start. It’s FREE!
There is also an opportunity for children to Activities on the day include; football, basketball, table tennis, athletics, trampolining, tennis, swimming, volleyball and boccia. Children can make their own Paralympic torches which can be used to celebrate the opening ceremony.
The event will then finish at 5.30pm where families can make their way down to the Winchester Live to watch the opening ceremony live on a giant screen, see demonstrations of mouth and foot painting, powerchair football and much more.
We would like people to contact us first (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we get a good idea of numbers/age range and ability level.
Pingers... free tennis fun!
| On Friday, 10th August 2012, from 2pm to 4pm, at The Point in Eastleigh, Ping! Hampshire is organising a table tennis disability demonstration event with Shaun Newcombe (English Table Tennis Association South & South East Regional Disability Officer) and other great coaches and players!
This event is free and everybody is welcome! Have a go against Shaun and get some tips from coaches and players that will be there to help.
And to encourage everybody to come and try, we'll have a very special prize for the day: a tabletennis bat signed by all four players of Team GB: Paul Drinkhall, Liam Pitchford, Andrew Baggaley and Darius Knight. You certainly don't want to miss this chance to win it!
If you need any information about this or other Ping! Hampshire events, just get in touch with Nico Caltabiano (email@example.com) or check the Ping! Hampshire website: http://pinghampshire.co.uk/
If you need to get some practise in beforehand why not have a go on one of the 9 Ping! England supplied table tennis tables located in at Abbey Gardens, Winchester Cathedral, Discovery Centre, River Park Leisure Centre, Carroll Centre, Winchester Sports Stadium & Shakeaway Winchester for the public to enjoy. Come along and play table tennis for free!
If your child loves the outdoors why not book them in at the QE2 Activity Centre Manor Farm Country Park, Bursledon?
They are running Explorers Day Camps over the next 4 weeks with lots of activities to choose from including climbing, archery, orienteering, canoeing, tunnelling and zipwire. All abilities catered for and only £15/day for Hampshire residents, siblings welcome too. My 13yr old son with severe athetoid cerebral palsy went yesterday with his little brother and had an amazing time! Now that he is small adult size it is difficult to get him out of his wheelchair and being active so he was absolutely delighted to be able to go to the top of the climbing wall (twice!) with lovely Kerry the instructor – just look at his face! All the staff were fantastic and had a lot of experience, I can’t recommend it enough! The camps are getting pretty full but as of yesterday they still had a few spaces left for Wed 1st Aug, Mon 6th, Tues 7th, Wed 8th, Mon 13th, Tues 14th, Wed 15th, and all week 20th – 23rd. If you would like to go as a family they have 5 spaces left for the Friday family activity days on 5th August (on the water) and 24th August (multi-activity).
They are also running a Paralympic Light a Lantern Festival on 28th August with loads of activities on offer. To find out more or book online please go to http://www.qe2activitycentre.co.uk or phone Phil Oates on 023 8040 4844.
Do you live in or around Alresford?
Looking for something for the kids to do in the summer holidays?
Why not book them into Perins Fun Camp? Running through the whole 6 weeks of the holidays, open to school children aged from 4 to 11 years, Fun Camp provides a fabulous day of activities supervised by a friendly and professional team. Each day has two to four different activities to keep the children amused with arts and crafts, sports, games, fun food and special activity days.
Fun Camp is open to children of all abilities and are able to offer one-to-one care, if required.
For further information and to discuss your child’s needs please contact the Fun Camp manager Nicola Baxter on 01962 737252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Love the outdoors and mucking about in the woods? Why not go along to a brilliant day of Outdoor Activities at Alice Holt Forest, Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LS on Wednesday 29th August 10.30am-2pm. Caterpillar Crafts have teamed up with their friends at Alice Holt Forest & Quench Cycles to present a fun filled day suitable for families of all ages & abilities! Woodland Trail, Den Building, Natural Art, Crafts and Adapted Bikes.
Only £8 per child parents/carer’s go FREE! Booking essential visit our website for an online booking form http://www.caterpillar-crafts.com or tel 07830 256 619
Dates just announced for JustJump’s Summer Holiday Bounce!
An amazing opportunity to have an 1:1 individual 30 minute session at a fantastic price!
Normal price £24.00 per session, ShortBreaks funded price only £3.60 per session with a Gateway Card
To book please go to http://www.justjump.org.uk/2012-summer-holiday-bounce-about/
Sessions held at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, Weston Lane, Weston, Southampton SO19 9SJ
Sessions currently available on 31st July, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 27th, 28th August
BOOK SOON as sessions are going fast! *******
Paralympic Fun and More!
Eastleigh’s Light a Lantern Festival Tuesday 28th August is a fun-packed afternoon of activities at The QE2 Centre and Cricket Camp, Manor Farm, Bursledon. 1.00 – 17.30 £10 per person. Accessible and inclusive - a FANTASTIC chance for the whole family to have a go at abseiling, archery, canoeing, climbing, crabbing, grass sledging, motorboat, raftbuilding, ropes course, shooting, tunnelling, zipwire and more! I’ll be there with my family so please feel free to grab me for a chat, if you can catch me!
Continuing to celebrate the Paralympics in the evening (if you’re not too exhausted), bushcraft, firelighting, and campfire (gotta love a campfire) at Cricket Camp fire pit 18:00 - 21:00 it’s free, inclusive for all families and all ages with fabulous entertainment from The Point, including music, drama and storytelling (No charge for attending evening event, BBQ & refreshments available at small cost)
Wednesday 29th August gives us Winchester’s Light a Lantern Festival – Paralympic Sports galore at River Park Leisure Centre, Winchester 13:00 to 17.30 including sitting volleyball, tennis, goalball and swimming. Followed by a Torch Relay to Winchester Cathedral to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics LIVE on the GIANT SCREEN – with celebrations and entertainments going on into the evening .
Don’t forget you can watch live coverage every day of the Paralympics on the Giant Screen at The Cathedral Outer Close from 10am, make a day of it, bring a picnic!
Let’s just hope the weather improves, otherwise bring a brolly
An update from Al!
| Busy old week at Eastleigh, meeting parents at the Carers Week event in the town centre and catching up with the lovely inclusive staff at Fleming Park. I have also been in discussion with a fantastic, exciting NEW Provider based near Bishops Waltham. More details to follow shortly!