Mar 14, 2018

VALUES Successes

The Tuesday Cooking group making their pancakes!
The Tuesday Cooking group making their pancakes!

Here at VALUES we have had a lot going on over the past few months.

We have had lots of fun in our cooking groups, with pancakes being made for Shrove Tuesday, which were enjoyed by all!

The indoor activities groups have also enjoyed trying lots of new activities and making new friends. They have been trying cross-stitch, doing jigsaw puzzles, making coasters using the iron on beads, and as always, having fun!

One of our service users has also completed his Level 2 qualification in Customer Services, we are all really pleased and Jai is really proud of himself for his achievements.

Finally, our Thursday Fashion group had a great afternoon having their hair and nails done by our volunteer Jenni. They all had a lot of fun having their hair curled or straightened and made to look extra special with glittery hairspray. The group also did their nails and put some make-up on.

Joan having a great time learning cross-stitch.
Joan having a great time learning cross-stitch.
Callum enjoying his jigsaw puzzle.
Callum enjoying his jigsaw puzzle.
The indoor activities group making coasters.
The indoor activities group making coasters.
Jai having just completed his qualification.
Jai having just completed his qualification.
The fashion group having their hair done by Jenni.
The fashion group having their hair done by Jenni.
The girls with their finished hair styles!
The girls with their finished hair styles!
Nov 29, 2017

Dave Woolman

We have had some sad news this week at VALUES. Dave Woolman, a great friend and supporter of the project, sadly passed away last week after his battle with cancer. Dave was an important part of Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, managing the IT department and was always around to help when we needed him. Outside of his great professional help he was always a friendly face to all who used VALUES and would go out of his way to make sure he stopped and had a chat with whoever was about. His daughter, Emma, volunteered with us, helping to teach filming and stop motion production. True to the nature of the man he was, Dave very kindly said that at his funeral he doesn’t want any flowers but for people to instead donate to VALUES and the money to go towards the next VALUES holiday. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Dave.

Oct 11, 2017

Back from an action packed weekend!

We’re back! Back from the action packed VALUES holiday in the lake district with the Calvert Trust. From Friday to Sunday we did lots of different and exciting activities.

 The adventure weekend to the mountains started on Friday morning as we set out on the 4 hour journey up to the lakes. We hired a minibus to take the 12 clients and 3 volunteer/staff up the motorway towards the exciting weekend. The journey was full of laughs, jokes and songs.

 Once we got there everyone was quick to settle into the rooms that would be our homes for the next couple of days. Some of the clients had never been away from their family before so were keen to unpack and take ownership of their beds and draws. Matt, who had never been away without his mum said, “This place is great, can we stay here forever”.

 That evening, after introductions were made with the staff at the Calvert trust we had fun team building games in the sports hall on site. These included relay races, indoor bowling and penalty shootouts. We then headed out into the night for some orienteering in the dark. We were taught how to read maps and work together to find clues that were hidden round the site.

 The next day we split into two groups and went off and did different activities. One group went and did cycling and the other went for a lakeside hike. The cycling was on three wheeled accessible bikes meaning that everyone could take part. Most of the group hadn’t been able to ride before so when they went speeding round the course, wind flying through their hair it was a great new experience for all. Tofiq said, “I’m definitely going to try and learn to ride a bike now.” The hiking was muddy and hard work but with the right footwear and the beautiful scenery to look at they had a great walk and got back in time for lunch.

 After lunch there was Archery, where everyone’s competitive nature came out. When all the arrows had been fired we headed back to the Calvert trust for some well earned dinner.

 Sunday morning it was time to get out onto the water into our canoes. This was a new way to travel for everyone and was made even more exciting when we played water football and sped across the water in hotly contested races. Safely back on land without and anyone getting wet the groups then split into two again for more cycling and archery.

 Sunday evening we were back on the bus home, still singing and laughing all the way. Tom said, “this has been the best weekend of my life.” Even at 10 at night safely back in Leicester everyone was still in great spirit, having tried activities they’d never experienced before. A big thank you to all who donated money and to the Calvert trust for having us. Everyone who went wouldn’t have had the chance to take parts in all these different activities without your help.

 
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