Monthly Roundup - April 2024

Written by: ISL

With Spring upon us, staff & clients have been enjoying more daytrips and health & wellbeing activities in nature. There has been a big focus on artwork in April and an art show in Alsager raising funds for one of our local charity partners. Lots of garden preparation at various services is well under way creating a purpose for clients and beautiful spaces for the summer months ahead.

April also saw values and processes from our annual plan (released last month) being put into action. QUALITY - RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! By focusing on our ISL values we will continue to bring opportunities to life.


ISL Services Roundup

Alsager Supported Living Service:

Two talented clients at our supported living accommodation in Alsager held an exhibition to raise funds for the Alsager & District Food Bank, with £56 raised on the morning. (Alsager & District Food Bank | "For the Community by the Community" (alsagerfoodbank.org.uk))

Clients CR and DW thoroughly enjoyed showcasing their work at the Alsager Community Church, ranging from the 'man bursting with pride,' all the way to hand made gift cards.

Blackpool Supported Living Service:

Staff and clients at our Blackpool service have been exploring nature and capturing Spring. This has provided weekly structure to Watson wellbeing walks and client togetherness, making the most of the local parks and the beach front.

Bolton Supported Living Service:

Our Bolton service has warmly welcomed student nurses as part of their work placements. Monika moves dance and fitness classes and wellbeing walks have continued and are still a firm favourite throughout April. On May 17th staff and clients will be partaking in the Rivington Pike walk to raise funds for local charity partner; Farnworth & Kearsley Foodbank. Keep an eye out on our news posts and socials if you would like to get involved and/or support.

Crewe Supported Living Service:

Clients at our Crewe service have been very musical this month with karaoke and our Crewecial cafe music groups. Creative preparations are underway for the Crewe service fun day on May 25th raising funds for local charity partner Chance Changing Lives. Live singing, fun stalls and a tombola will be highlights of the day.  More to follow on our news feed and socials if you would like to come and join the fun!

The team at Crewe have also been out sharing news on the Crewecial cafe services and ISL in the community at Sandbach Market Hall and Crewe Market Hall.

Kendal Supported Living Service:

Clients at our Kendal service have been making eco wood art and sharing their creations with family and friends. Several of these pieces were also placed around the service and local area as fun finds for friends in the community to make people smile with motivational quotes and smiling faces. Clients have also been enjoying tending to the Kendal garden and preparing vegetables.  A life book - 'family and clients, every family has a story, welcome to ours,' has been created for clients and visitors too.

Leeds Chapel Allerton Supported Living Service:

Chapel has continued with its weekly baking club as a strong favourite, with several clients now taking the lead in classes! Arts club has increased with popularity and left staff and clients feeling inspired. The Chapel garden preparation has begun with plans for new bedding plants picked between staff and clients.

Leeds Halton Supported Living Service: 

Our Leeds Halton service has been fun filled in April with karaoke nights, movie nights and baking clubs. Clients and staff have continued with cycling and wellbeing since the Leeds service collective cycling challenge. Clients are also seeing who can grow the tallest sunflower! A summer fun day is also upcoming in June and more to follow for staff and client invitations.

Leeds Gildersome & Pudsey Supported Living Service:

The team at Gildersome have been working very hard on creating a new garden area. Staff and clients coming together to create something with purpose, healthy activity and short, medium and long term goals. Post gardening, the team have been enjoying cooking clubs and movie nights. The Pudsey & Gildersome team have also enjoyed recent daytrips including Scarborough beach.

Macclesfield Supported Living Service: 

One very happy client has been time travelling at Afflecks Palace, with a Dr Who exhibition!

Health and wellbeing at our Macclesfield service is thriving since the 2million steps challenge earlier this year. Regular staff and client gym sessions, nature walks, athletic track training and horse riding are keeping clients motivated.

Stoke-on-Trent Supported Living Service:

Our Stoke-on-Trent service has been consistent with health and wellbeing this month. Regular wellbeing walks to the local park, badminton and football sessions are keeping the team well. Several clients who found it more challenging to socialise are now taking part in the team games and sports supporting their confidence and wellbeing.

Tranmere Supported Living Service:

Our strolling club and local site seeing have been busy this month. Our gardening group has supported clients with a common purpose and healthy exercise and social engagement, making the most out of Spring. Trips to New Brighton and West Kirby have been client favourites this month.

York Supported Living Service:

The York team have continued their friendly staff versus clients steps challenge with great consistency, supporting outings into York centre.

Thank you so much Hilda from team ISL for your hard work and energy at our York service. Hilda has been part of the original staff at York when the service first opened. Hilda, staff and clients had a wonderful final afternoon with cake and memories. Wishing you a happy retirement from all at ISL.

Please enjoy our flickr gallery with our latest images of activities at our services and in the community. You can click on each image to open up our flickr page for a more immersive experience.

Explore ISL Gallery > Image gallery - Independence Support (isl-org.uk)

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