support and activities

Meath Skills Centre

Our vibrant Skills Centre offers residents, supported living and external clients a wide range of weekday activities and support. From Art to Zumba, the people we support can develop their skills in a fun and sociable setting and have the best day possible, every day!

Activity Sessions on site are delivered by our caring and dynamic team of Activity Coordinators, trusted freelance session leaders and are supported by our volunteers, all of whom bring with them the expertise and energy required to offer a fantastic session. In addition to our on-site sessions, clients also regularly take part in sessions at our social Enterprise Changing Perceptions and at external organisations such as local adult education centres and ArtHouse Unlimited.
Sessions are carefully tailored to meet individual needs and our schedule of activities and support is designed to help the people we support to develop their social, physical, cognitive and emotional well-being to the best of their ability. Extraordinary achievements are made at The Skills Centre every day and we are proud to have a dedicated space for the people we support to learn, create and develop together.
Come and look yourself! If you would like to find out more about taking part in Skills Centre activities please contact:
Joanne Axton
Head of Operations and HR
T: 01483 415095
Janine Trow
Manager:
T: 01483 415095
Jo-Axton Joanne Axton
Janine Trow Janine Trow
Helen Albany Helen Albany

Our modern, fully equipped on-site Gym is a real asset for the people we support but our dedicated Fitness & Wellbeing Co-ordinator knows that the key to encouraging the people we support to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle is to make it fun!

As they say, variety is the spice of life…while some love to build up strength, co-ordination and confidence in the gym others enjoy the stress busting effects and wellbeing of Swimming, Yoga or Tai Chi. We also like to make good use of our wonderful local countryside and get out for long walks in the fresh air.

Through gentle encouragement and our ‘can do ethos’, each of the people we support are enabled to enjoy an active and well-balanced lifestyle. Take a look at what some of the people we support have said about our gym & wellbeing service.

Our fully equipped gym is available for use on a £4.00 pay as you go basis to the general public outside of week-day, day time hours (when not in use by the people we support.) With no joining fees or contract it’s super simple to get started, just book your personal induction and off you go!

For more information:
T: 01483 415095

Jack, Fitness & Wellbeing Co-ordinator Jack, Fitness & Wellbeing Co-ordinator - click to read Jack's story
Amy Amy, Resident - Click to read her story
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While so much is on offer on site, visiting local facilities and organisations enables the people we support to expand their range of sessions and experiences while also benefitting from contact with members of the wider community.

Off-site activities include rock climbing, orienteering, riding for the disabled, and visits to local private estates for woodland craft and other outdoor learning opportunities.

Our good links with the local community have also led to collaborative projects which have seen community groups come to visit us in sessions. From local school children to the elderly at a local day centre, the people we support enjoy meeting new people and learning from each other.

For more information:
T: 01483 415095

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community
community
community

Backstage is the name given to our all singing, all dancing, creative & expressive arts group.

This one stop creative group offers participants the opportunity to take part in a broad range of art forms and encourages each member to play an active role in every part of the creative process.

The work of this wonderfully resourceful group includes:

    • Choir – Led by local choir leader extraordinaire Phoebe Gaydon, our inclusive and effervescently energetic choir have wowed audiences at our annual Carol Service at St Clement Danes Church and surprised local shoppers with a fantastic flash mob!
    • Costume Design – From hats to full clothing collections the people we support have produced an impressive collection of imaginative costumes using entirely donated and up-cycled items! Their talent caught the eye of a theatre company who commissioned them to produce costumes for their Edinburgh Festival tour in 2019.
    • Textiles – the tactile art of felting proved a big hit for the group and it’s become a regular favourite activity.
    • Music, Dance & Drama – These are important creative outlets and the people we support enjoy exploring sound, movement and feelings together in friendly, relaxed sessions.

For more information:
T: 01483 415095

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Backstage
Backstage
Backstage
Backstage
Backstage
Backstage
Backstage
Backstage

We offer Skills Centre clients the opportunity to learn about and develop their understanding of a variety of subjects and life skills through friendly group work sessions. Our session rooms include an IT suite, break out space, and our interactive ‘Touchscreen’ which the group enjoy using for group work and presentations.

The people we support take great pride in both their group work and their individual project books. Whether in History, Science, Geography, IT, English or Cookery, all learning progress and achievements are recognised and celebrated!

In addition to our own programme of sessions, many of the people we support also enjoy pursuing their particular areas of interest at local adult education session.

For more information:
T: 01483 415095

The therapeutic benefits of getting involved with horticulture have long been widely acknowledged, and here at the Meath, we like to think we are continuing in the footsteps of the many people who have cultivated our 10 acre site throughout its long history.

Our Horticulture group is led by keen gardener Beryl, who encourages the group to get hands-on with a variety of tasks as they progress through the seasons.
The Horticulture group also benefit from visits to local private gardens in local Natural Trust gardens and RHS Wisley.


For more information:
T: 01483 415095

Our Pottery class is led by professional ceramicist Luisa Cacciotti, who takes participants through the range of basic techniques in order for them to explore their own creativity. With our own pottery wheel and kiln, we are able to fire pieces on site, giving people the opportunity to appreciate the whole process, from concept through to finished article.

This tactile and sociable activity has something great to offer every participant, you’ll find some of their wonderful creations on sale at our High Street social enterprise Changing Perceptions.


For more information:
T: 01483 415095

Our on-site Arts and Crafts sessions offers participants the opportunity to explore and express themselves through their own individual style and choice of medium. Working alongside our Activity Leaders, the people we support aspire to create their own artworks and crafts, learning valuable skills and techniques as they work.

Off- site the people we support can explore their creative talents in a commercial setting by up-cycling furniture and homeware at our High Street social enterprise Changing Perceptions.

In addition to our own sessions, many of the people we support also enjoy attending regular art sessions with Arthouse Unlimited and local adult education sessions.

For more information:
T: 01483 415095

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arts & crafts
arts & crafts
arts & crafts

We run the popular social group ‘M Club’ every other Tuesday evening. Here the people we support enjoy meeting up with friends in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. There are specific themed and seasonal events, but in the main, the choice is left with participants, which makes for a wonderful variety of fun evenings!

For more information:
T: 01483 415095