Heathcotes Sawley head to camp

25th Sep 2014

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Heathcotes takes what our service users want to do very seriously, so when Stephen at Heathcotes Sawley requested a camping trip the team swung into action to make that happen.

After quite a bit of planning three service users including Stephen (who was clearly excited that the trip was here) their support staff and Home Manager Joe Muguti set off on a Friday afternoon to Fenny Bentley in Ashbourne to set up their camp.  It was a big task setting up all the tents in their camp which service user JJ thoroughly enjoyed.  Once camp was set up the boys all settled in for their first night of camping.

Saturday morning, as you can see in the picture, wasn't the best weather wise so everyone had a drive into Bakewell where fortunately there was a dog show to keep everyone entertained.  Happily the weather improved as the day went on so the afternoon was spent exploring Carsington Water before returning to camp where Joe rustled up a delightful BBQ feast of chicken, rice and peas with coconut milk.

Sunday came with another opportunity to explore the local area, prepared as always the team had taken bicycles with them so off they went on an eight mile ride around the reservoirs at Carsington Water.  The service users flew around the course but it was an eventful time for the support workers trying to keep up so luckily those in the lead circled back to push the team along.  Then, as is needed after a big bike ride, the group headed to a local pub in Ashbourne to enjoy a Sunday Carvery before having an early night to recharge after their energetic day.

Monday morning was spent packing away which was done so well and efficiently they were back home for 11am.

Home Manager Joe said, "The biggest achievement of the weekend for me was getting our newest service user involved in the trip and really enjoying himself as it was his first outing of this type with Heathcotes.  I am sure that the good relationships already in place have been strengthened by this trip and there is already talk about next year's camping adventure!".


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