As the Oracle Model is rolled out our homes have been looking at each area with their young people. Thoughts, feelings and discussions are being held in home meetings and more informally with youngsters as to what each area means to them personally and on a day to day basis.
In order to record the conversations and use the information to inform future practice some homes have taken to drawing mind-maps and posters.
As an Oracle family everyone's opinions and feelings are important. It is nice to see those thoughts being valued within save and supportive environments.
National Children's Day took place on Sunday 12th May this year and is all about the importance of a healthy childhood, and how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children in order to ensure that they can grow into happy, healthy adults. Although modern life is great in many ways, there are lots of things that are also causing problems for the happiness and well-being of families and children. National Children's Day UK provides a powerful platform for people to talk about the issues and to network with others who want to find solutions.
Our young people take part in a number of charity activities but this weekend a few of them organised their unwanted items and donated them to a local children's hospice. It's at times like these our youngsters appreciate how lucky they are to have the support of staff, social workers and others to ensure they are on the right path.
Over the Easter holiday we were thrilled to benefit from some lovely weather and our young people made the most of this by taking day trips out and about in their local areas.
Bargain Hunt arrived at two of our homes over Easter. Two of our Bedfordshire homes completed a Bargain Hunt challenge in their local area with exciting results.
April is 'Move More Month' within Oracle where the aim is to inspire everyone, staff and young people, to make healthy lifestyle choices and commit to being physically active. Spring is the perfect time to get out and about and use the natural environment around us to improve our well-being.
The NHS recommends 30 minutes exercise per day for adults and 60 minutes per day for children in order to get the health benefits from exercise. As the Activity Alliance suggest, an active lifestyle is not only good for your health but also increases independence, reduces stress, boosts self esteem and enhances your co-ordination.
Many of our young people already have active lifestyles and take part in weekly gymnastics, swimming, football and trampolining together with school based outdoor education, forest school and PE activities.