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Easter Bargain Hunt

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.

The young people were put into teams, given a £20 budget and asked to return with four items,

-Something old
-Something one of their carers could wear
-Something that represents their home
-A mystery item

The young people enjoyed the challenge and the CEO was invited to judge the winners. Not only did they find great times but they worked together with a budget to put their independence skills to the test.

Our CEO and judge for the event, Steve Bromley, said,

"It was a brilliant idea and a brilliant day and thoroughly enjoyed by young people and staff.I absolutely loved it!"

The day also included an Easter Egg Hunt and lunch at which everyone celebrated how the staff and young people worked together from different homes.

Move More

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.

Move More month was started off with our CEO walking into Head Office with his dogs. He walked a route that passed some of our homes to enable staff and young people to join in on their way to school.
Over the month there will be a number of opportunities for everyone to get together to do lunch times walks in the lovely surroundings of our schools.

Family Safety Week

Accidents are the biggest killer of children and young people in today's society!

Each year The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents shines a spotlight on a different safety topic, sharing advice and free resources, therefore this week our homes have been focused on Family Safety Week and drawn the young peoples attentions to being safe in and around the 'family' home.

Rather than focusing on one specific area of safety throughout all our homes our staff have looked at things important to the youngsters. In saying this one home looked at water safety, and how to be careful around ongoing works outside the home, as the pavement and road are being worked on by a utility company.
Another home looked at fire safety using a website aimed at teenagers. In doing this the young people shared their understanding of fire safety and how to protect themselves and the home including fire drills, following health and safety guidelines, having fire alarms, fire doors and fire extinguishers.

Whereas walking to and from school safely was the theme of conversations with some youngsters looking at keeping safe. This included issues around stranger danger, crossing roads etc, use of mobile phones - phoning home before they leave school, organising meeting points and setting times to meet.

This approach has meant that the discussions were tailored to each young person and safety issues that they could relate to.

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