2021 Picnic in the Park

Last week we were delighted to hold our first Hedleys College and Horizons “Picnic in the Park”. It was the perfect day for a celebration of achievements for all the students at College and the people we support at Horizons.

For the first time we were able to meet outdoors in our bubbles, in a well organised event to help everyone stay safe. We had a brilliant selection of entertainment including DJs, karaoke, The Soundbeam band and even a bubble show! There were no shortage of tasty treats either with a candyfloss machine, popcorn machine, Ice cream van and more!

Huge congratulations to all our award winners, the following awards were given out during the day.

Hedleys Horizons Awards

Dan- “Therapy award”: Dan has made great progress on his independence skills working in the living skills kitchen.

Susie- “Increased Independence award”: Susie has developed many new skills in Music and is growing in confidence every week.

Mike- “Above and Beyond award”: Mike is always smiling and asking about his friends in his bubble, checking that everyone is ok!

Michael- “Yes I can award”: Michael has stayed optimistic throughout this year and managed very well while dealing with lots of changes.

Kirsten- “Stand out service user award”: Kirsten has tried a lot of new activities this year and has taken part in every session enthusiastically.

Congratulations to The Woodwork group in the ceramics room who have all been awarded the “The Enterprise Award”: This whole group have enjoyed learning new skills and taking on group projects. Well done to Mark Smith, Daniel Walsh, Paul Aiken, Stephen Thompson, Kelsey Hall, Janice Shippen, Richard Wilson, Steven Ryder and Abbie Barnes

“Hedleys College, Education Awards”:

Thomas “Therapy award” Thomas has grown in confidence using his VOCA for a wide range of purposes and has been very flexible with the changes this year.

Harry and Alasdair “Home Learning Heroes award”

Harry has become a cooking maestro alongside Alan and kept us all sane with his quizzes during lockdown!

Alasdair has missed college and has also not been staying in residence due to restrictions, and yet he has kept going, joining sessions on teams throughout. We have also loved all the facebook posts from him and his family! Well done Alasdair!

Megan “The Kindness Counts Award”: Megan has welcomed new friends into the group and has worked with peers over Teams always wanting to help.

Rory “Yes I Can Award”: Rory has been in and out of shielding since March 2020 and has dealt with various health issues during this time. Despite this he has always bounced back and tries hard with his therapy every day.

Keira “The Academic Award”: Keira has made amazing progress with her independence, communication and transition in the community.

Congratulations to April, David, George ,Jasmine, Lana and Isshi  who have won “The Enterprise Award” This group have worked on many projects this year including sweet hampers, balloons and personalised items made to order and have been able to reinvest their profits into expanding their business!

Huge thank you to North Tyneside Council, Northumbria Police, volunteers from around the Foundation, Springfield Park Warden and all the staff who worked behind the scenes to make it possible. Everyone had a brilliant day and we hope to make it an annual event…watch this space!