Skates and wheelchairs enjoy some festive fun on the ice

December 21, 2016

Colleagues from Polwell Lane, Kettering recently organised a festive ice skating event at the Beckworth Emporium, in Mears Ashby Northants for people with learning disability and other complex needs.

Having been visitors every Christmas for the past four years it has become a bit of a Christmas tradition for everyone in the home. This year however, as the people they support enjoy it so much they thought it would be a great idea to get other people living locally in other Consensus homes and services to join them. Invitations were sent to Henson Court, Windsor Avenue, Blossoms, Station Road, along with two other homes who sadly were not able to make it.

So that everyone could enjoy the day safely and join the Christmas celebrations the rink was booked for an hour online by the team at Polwell Lane. In total 16 supported individuals mostly wheelchair users and 16 support colleagues enjoyed an absolutely fabulous time.

With only a ten mile journey to Mears Ashby from Polwell Lane, everyone traveled to the venue in the companies specially adapted vehicles and those needing a lift were picked up by ones having a space.

Despite the people we support having limited or no verbal communication the team supporting know the individuals well enough to understand that everyone enjoyed their time on the ice.

When asked if it was good, Leigh from Polwell Lane signed “Yes” with a beaming smile on his face, and when asked if anyone fell over he signed “No.” Leigh has a very good sense humour and would have loved it if someone fell as long as they did not hurt themselves. Christian also from Polwell Lane loves the sensation of movement and those who know him well could tell he was enjoying his experience.

The skating session lasted for one hour and some of the team who are very good skaters offered to skate around with those in wheelchairs as they enjoyed moving quickly across the ice and wanted more.

Many of the guests continued their celebrations with lunch at the Beckworth Emporium, followed by hot chocolate to warm themselves up.

Henson Court sent a handmade card after the event to say what a great time people had enjoyed, thanking the team at Polwell Lane for inviting them as did Station Road and Windsor Avenue.

Feedback from colleagues across the homes was very positive with many stating that it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves. They felt the team at the Beckworth Emporium were very helpful. Angela at Blossoms said; “It was brilliant.”

Consensus’s Polwell Lane, in Kettering is a residential service for five adults with learning disability and other complex needs. Surrounded by spacious gardens the modern bungalow has en-suite bedrooms and easy access to the local community.

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