DAYTIME ACTIVITIES
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The NEW SKILL CENTRE Wordworking section is the ‘activity hub’ for any creation that can be made from wood. From candle holders and lamp stands to Wig Wams and Water Walls, if you can dream it we can support you to make it!

We do not run a factory production, every item is bespoke to the individual who makes it, maybe from an idea or inspiration, maybe triggering a memory or creating a new gadget, anything is possible.

If ideas aren’t coming but you fancy woodwork, we have templates and drawings to get you started, with all sorts of machines to try, including our **lathes, (**with training and supervision).

This can be offered as a non-accredited course or a fun activity.

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WOODWORK

Age range: Any (**Lathe 12 plus)
Level of physical difficulty: Low
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

The NEW SKILL CENTRE Wordworking section is the ‘activity hub’ for any creation that can be made from wood. From candle holders and lamp stands to Wig Wams and Water Walls, if you can dream it we can support you to make it!

We do not run a factory production, every item is bespoke to the individual who makes it, maybe from an idea or inspiration, maybe triggering a memory or creating a new gadget, anything is possible.

If ideas aren’t coming but you fancy woodwork, we have templates and drawings to get you started, with all sorts of machines to try, including our **lathes, (**with training and supervision).

Most customers who come to us have not made things from wood before, we support encourage and train individuals to make a project of their choice. This can range from a bird box to a bench or Wigwam, (Yes we have made a full size Wig Wam!).

Working with natural materials is great therapy and allows creativity whilst growing self-esteem and Confidence.

So come along and have a go! No previous experience needed, just a willing attitude!

This can be offered as a non-accredited course or a fun activity.

  • Age range: Any (**Lathe 12 plus)
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
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COOKING

Age range: Any
Level of physical difficulty: Low
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

Our cookery classes are fun and educational! It’s not all about the cookery it teaches life skills and healthy eating, it also encourages communication and social skills.

With fun dishes and good staple meals the cookery club is a popular amongst all that attend.

Each day there is also an option of taking home a variety frozen meal’s to have at home to save on the take-away costs!

This can be offered as a non-accredited course or a fun activity, and can be combined with food hygiene certificate.

We always want new ideas of things to cook so please come with lots of your own ideas and let’s explore the exciting food from around the world!

We have lots of fun and learning with our cookery sessions here at the New Skill Centre, we cook everything from healthy meals to cakes and international cuisine.

If you have a favourite recipe we would love to hear about it and learn how to make this with you. In the summer months we like to cook and then head out on picnics to eat what we have baked.

If you fancy cookery with us please give us a call.

  • Age range: Any
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
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ART & DESIGN

Age range: Any
Level of physical difficulty: Low
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

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Do you have ideas for things to make in your home or garden? Well we can support and teach you to turn these ideas into a reality.

Do you want to express yourself with painting or art?

We have lots of pre planned projects but we are always open to your ideas. No matter how big or small your ideas are, we can find a way to support you to achieve them. From bespoke Rabbit houses, to unique canvasses and lighting, anything is possible.

In these sessions we explore colours and textures, possibly looking at how we can change the environment around us to be as we want! Creating unique gifts and exploring what helps to make us personally feel good!

  • Age range: Any
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
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HORTICULTURE

Age range: Any
Level of physical difficulty: Any Level
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

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Welcome aboard the Blooming Tasty project! Our fantastic small holding growing flowers, fruit and vegetables. Being part of this project gives you the chance to learn how to grow different produce and sample its tastes!

We work on the earth to plate philosophy, growing tasty healthy items and learning how to cook them and make preserves and chutneys, amongst many other things.

It’s also great for the fitness and wellbeing so many of our members like to combine a day on the project with others days indoors.

This can be offered as a non-accredited course or a fun activity.

  • Age range: Any
  • Level of physical difficulty: Any Level
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
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CRAFTS

Age range: Any
Level of physical difficulty: Low
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

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Welcome to the world of creativity, we recycle and use materials to make some wonderful collages, plant holders, basket making and many, many, more things. In fact if you can imagine it we can make it.

Our crafts are displayed in many different exhibitions across Suffolk, giving a great sense of purpose and pride for the individuals that make it.

It’s more than just crafts its communication, dexterity, team work and social skills, all of which is encouraged within the group.

Come along and see what you can make!

  • Age range: Any
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
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TEXTILES

Age range: Any
Level of physical difficulty: Low
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

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Maybe making fancy cushions or clothing, collages or tie dye, knitting or crocheting, sewing or embroidering, lots and lots of options for you to consider. What do you fancy making, it’s all possible?

We have lots of ideas with textiles, it’s not just the making of an item but understanding where the fabric comes from, and if manmade how they get made.

We also use the sewing machines to support and explore things that each person wants to make.

This can be offered as a non-accredited course or a fun activity.

Come along and meet the team and see what you can create!

  • Age range: Any
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
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POTTERY

Age range: Any
Level of physical difficulty: Low
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

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Do you fancy the challenge of the potter’s wheel! Or maybe hand sculpture?

Lots of exciting things to make and design, creating your own master piece, painting your own ceramic piece in your colours and patterns. Maybe you want to make a model or create a stop motion movie, by combining the making with animation.

This can be offered as a non-accredited course or a fun activity.

It’s all an adventure!!

  • Age range: Any
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
08.

FLORISTRY

Age range: Any
Level of physical difficulty: Low
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

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Do you fancy creating beautiful headbands or flower displays? Maybe drying flowers and creating collages? All of this is possible at NEW SKILL CENTRE.

All we need is your ideas, and we can support you to make some beautiful creations. We use both silk and fresh flowers.

This can be offered as a non-accredited course or a fun activity.

  • Age range: Any
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
09.

IT

Age range: Any
Level of physical difficulty: Low
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

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Want to learn how to use computer packages, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Photoshop? If so we can help.

We offer a bespoke package of support to assist you in learning the software that supports you. Whether that is a communication package on a tablet or understanding your laptop or computer, to creating animation, we can assist.

This can be offered as a non-accredited course or a learning activity. We offer ASDAN accredited qualifications.

We run a monthly Newsletter for all of our clients, which showcases the work we all do!, we have exciting themes every month so we showcase peoples work and do a little but about what is coming next month with activities and outings, etc.

Our newsletter is created by our customers who create articles they want to read and share. This is great as we get to learn about what our customers want and individual learn some new IT skills.

  • Age range: Any
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
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PHOTGRAPHY

Age range: Any
Level of physical difficulty: Low
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

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Enter the world of Stop Motion, or Animation and create short films, or comic strips to entertain people.

Maybe you could create stories and articles ready for local news letters and newspapers.

We offer media and creative writing combined with animation and art to achieve what an individual wants. All of the articles and animation produced go into our quarterly newsletters and we try where possible to promote them through local media channels (if the individual requires).

  • Age range: Any
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
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MEDIA & ANIMATION

Age range: Any
Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

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Do you fancy taking beautiful images or creating fun pictures from existing images. If you do then this is the session for you.

Our photography tutor can support you to learn all about your camera or if you want to learn before you purchase we can use our cameras to help support you to do this.

We also support you with the photographic packages such as Photoshop to be able to do some fun crazy things with you photos.

What can you create?

  • Age range: Any
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
12.

UP-CYCLING

Age range: Any
Level of physical difficulty: Low
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

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Do you like bringing old items up to date with makeover? If so this is the activity for you. Create stunning new designs on old items giving them a real quirky twist which is all your own.

We have lots of items to up cycle which we then donate or sell to other individuals to create funds to support this project. However we are always open to members bringing in their own items and working on them in here.

This can be part of a non-accredited course or a fun activity.

  • Age range: Any
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
13.

SPORTS & FITNESS

Age range: Any
Level of physical difficulty: Low to High
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

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Do you have a passion for sport and games? If so then this activity is right up your street!

We have a fun Thursday afternoon session with all types of sports and games, there is something for everyone. It includes Archery, Golf, Football, Tennis, Curling plus many, many, more

We also offer supported swimming on a Tuesday morning, for anyone fancying a swim!

Our ‘Green Fitness’ sessions are also held at our Blooming Tasty Project, offering fresh air and fitness in abundance, Monday to Friday weekly. We will help you get active in a fun rewarding way.

  • Age range: Any
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low to High
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
14.

GAMING

Age range: Any
Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

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We have a great demand for these activities!

Our X-Box gaming club is a fun competitive area where all gamers can talk strategy or enjoy the playing of the game. We operate this on hourly sessions so that we all get active as well and incorporate some active game play. So we aren’t glued to the screen!

We actively encourage individuals to create their own gaming ideas as well, away from the screen, and as such play more traditional games which get communication and social skills working well!

  • Age range: Any
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
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BEAUTY

Age range: 16 Plus
Level of physical difficulty: Low
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

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We have a friendly qualified beautician who comes to the Centre on a Friday offering treatments and some pampering. We have a list of what’s on offer but they include, hand massage, shoulder massage, pedicures, manicures, hand massage, plus many, many, more.

** A small fee may be charged for specific treatments.

  • Age range: 16 Plus
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
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COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Age range: 16 Plus
Level of physical difficulty: Low to High
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

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Do you know of a project in your community? For example is there a garden with a nice bench needed in your local area? Would you like to be able to have an outdoor space which everyone can enjoy?

If this is the case we can support individuals to create this space (in line with permissions).

We run projects in the community to support individuals to help themselves. It may be a garden in a care setting on supported living, no matter where it is if permissions are granted we can help support this.

  • Age range: 16 Plus
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low to High
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
17.

METAL WORK

Age range: 14 Plus
Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group

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We are currently in the process of building our forge so we can create exciting designs with metal.

The Forge will be built for individuals to work and create exciting items of their own design under the close supervision of our tutor and mentor. Maybe a beautiful candle holder or metal sculpture anything is possible.

This can be part of a non-accredited course or a fun activity.

Come along and see what you can make!

  • Age range: 14 Plus
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support,  2 to 1 support, group
18.

SKILLS FOR TRADE

Age range: 12 Plus
Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
Support type:Group

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Do you fancy doing some building work, maybe bricklaying, woodwork and metalwork? If so we offer sessions teaching you the basics of the skills to see if this is something for the future.

We work with partner organisations to deliver this course and as such offer accredited and non-accredited courses.

  • Age range: 12 Plus
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
  • Support type: Group
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HEALTHY LIVING

Age range: 18 Plus
Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
Support type:1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, group

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Healthy living has become a bit of a phrase everyone uses but what does it mean?

Lots of people talk to us about what healthy is and what it looks like. We get practical and active and learn how we can be really heathy with food, exercise, friendships and relationships.

We look at all different ways we can stay healthy and safe.

The fun sessions are really practical and engaging and incorporate everyday living.

  • Age range: 18 Plus
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group
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DAYS OUT

Age range: Any
Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
Support type:1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, group

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We organise fun days out with our members throughout the year, these can be local or further afield such as London etc.  Call us as we can put together a trip anywhere even abroad if required! We tailor our services to you!

Dates and details for all of our trips can be seen by looking at our days out events page

All outings cater for different levels of need, if specific support is required there may be a change to the prices quoted.

  • Age range: Any
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group
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TRIPS

Age range: 18 Plus
Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
Support type:1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, group

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We run several trips throughout the year with the focus being fun and more fun and independence and more fun!

We often run trips to London, Colchester Zoo, Norfolk Broad’s plus many more places all of which are informed by our customers.

We also offer Swimming, Gymnastics, Sports, Line Dancing, Horse-Riding and Carriage driving weekly to name some of our additional outings and activities

We run a number of outings to various places around the UK, our schedule for these events can be found by calling us on 01473 290276.

  • Age range:18 Plus
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group
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CLUBS

Age range: Varies
Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
Support type:1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, group

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We hold our club nights on a Tuesday evening at NEW SKILL CENTRE, refreshments and snacks are sold however people can bring their own food or their own consumption if required.

These include

Starts March 2018 – Cost £5.50 per person – 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Learn how to cook dishes from around the world, using herbs, spices and lots of interesting flavours.

  • Age range Any
  • Level of physical difficulty Low
  • Support type Group

We all enjoy a good chat and a maybe a film, our social club meets once a week on a Monday evening offering the chance for a good natter and a chance to catch up.

Our Social evenings start at 6.30pm to 8.00pm if you want to come please contact us in advance and we can tell you what activities are on that week.

Starts March 2018 – Cost £5.50 per person – 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Learn how to make money in fun ways and balance the profit sheet. Great for anyone who is interested in setting up a business for themselves or thinking of finding out how the business world works. Meet some local business people who can tell you about working and what you need to be successful.

  • Age range 12 plus
  • Level of physical difficulty Low to Moderate
  • Support type Group

Starts March 2018 – Cost £5.00 per person – 4.30 to 6.30pm

For all those budding actors, singers, actresses, come along to entertain friends and other fellow thespians. This group is run by our creative worker who supports with acting, drama, singing and dancing.

  • Age range 16 plus
  • Level of physical difficulty Low to Moderate
  • Support type Group

Starts March 2018 – Cost £5.50 per person  – 7pm to 9pm Thursday evenings

Need a place to relax, talk and make new friends whilst making wooden products. This group is run by a male lead and is designed for guys to chat and share issues around a whole range of topics and issues (if you want to!)

For more information on any club please contact us on 01473 290276 or complete our contact form

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EVENTS

Age range: Varies
Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
Support type:1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, group

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Come along and join in the fun!

For more information please call 01473 290276 or email enquiries@newskillcentre.org

Date Event Places available Cost
Dates TBC Quiz Night

4 – 6 in a team

60 people Includes,

Fish and chip supper (or equivalent) and soft drinks

 

Entry

 

One raffle ticket

 

£12.50 per person

 

  • Age range: Varies
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low to Moderate
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group
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STROKE CLUB

Age range: 18 Plus
Level of physical difficulty: Low
Support type:group

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Our Stroke club runs every Tuesday 10.30am to 12 noon. It is run by individuals who have experienced a stroke and who understand how difficult things can be. They want to join in with the community and be able to enjoy fun activities and support others. It is a fun energising place full of laughter and chat!

The session is run as a club, with general knowledge quizzes, fun games plus tea and coffee but it is flexible to the needs of the individuals within it.

The cost of this is £3.50 per person. For more information please contact 01473 290276 or complete the contact form.

  • Age range: 18 Plus
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low
  • Support type: Group
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ACCREDITED QUALIFICATIONS

Age range: Any
Level of physical difficulty: Low
Support type:1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, group

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Do you want to combine a qualification with your time at the New Skill Centre? We offer ASDAN qualifications to support activities run within the New Skill Centre. We can offer qualifications in numerous areas, all accredited through ASDAN. Our members love the sense of achievement combining their activity with a qualification.

We offer qualifications in most subjects from Creative Writing, IT, Relationships, Health and Hygiene, Healthy Eating, moving to and living independently, to Skills for Trade plus many more, if you have an interest we can normally find a qualification to fit this. We have tutors on site as well as support workers who can teach and support in a number of areas.

  • Age range: Any
  • Level of physical difficulty: Low
  • Support type: 1 to 1 support, 2 to 1 support, Group