The young people we support at the Laurels can be an enterprising bunch, and this week was no exception. To cope with the extreme heat of the last few days they visited a well known coffee shop, and having finished their drinks, recycled the cups for their own hot weather treats! They were yummy and certainly cooled everyone down!
Every year the young people we support go on a Summer holiday. This is something that they really look forward to, and it gives them the opportunity to experience time away from their home, often with other young people. Here are some pictures of AH and KL from our Beech Trees home, who have joined up with young people from our Willow Lodge home for a holiday in Wales. As you can see it looks lovely and they are all staying in a converted chapel which has great facilities. That stream looks so cooling – could do with that here!
With the Met Office issuing a Red Warning about severe temperatures imminent, we will be making sure that all our young people are keeping themselves as cool as possible. Here are just a few suggestions as to how you save yourself from heat exhaustion, or worse heatstroke.
1) Try and stay out of direct sunlight. Sit in the shade – or go indoors regularly. If you do have to go outside in the sun make sure you wear a hat and loose fitting clothing.
2) Drink plenty of fluids. Water is best at replacing fluids lost through sweating and dehydration. Try and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
3) Cool your skin at regular intervals. Wearing wet T-Shirt or neckerchief can help you keep cool. Alternatively take a cool shower every so often and let your skin dry naturally. Running your wrists under cold water can also help you feel cool.
4) Eat light, nutritious meals, ideally with ingredients containing plenty of water. Cucumber, berries, melon, apples etc are all good sources of water.
5) Don’t undertake strenuous activity in the heat of the day – wait till it’s cooler to go to the Gym!
6) If you have one use a fan to help keep you cool and to circulate air around a room.
7) At the first sign of heatstroke try and cool yourself down fast. Problems can develop fast, so don’t delay in taking action – including dialling 999 if you feel really ill.
We hope that all of you stay safe at the beginning of next week and we will be doing our best to make sure all our young people are kept as cool as possible.
At the Laurels all our young people really look forward to trips out. Recently we took a party to Skegness for the day. The sun shone in a crystal clear blue sky and everyone really enjoyed themselves. There were plenty or rides to go on and then to cool down there was a paddle in the sea. Not exactly warm but very refreshing none the less. Taking our young people to different places is important for the development of their independence. They can choose what to do and where to spend their money. They always come back from trips asking when the next one will be!
Today we celebrated the Birthday of our therapist – Jane. The young people at The Oaks wanted to show how much they appreciated her support and everything she helps them with. They wanted to celebrate her birthday with her and gave her a great bouquet of flowers along side other presents and a card. Jane is really liked by all our young people and we are sure she will have a great day!
Our Manager at The Oaks, Rachael Carter, was delighted to receive her official Registration certificate from Ofsted recently. This is testament to all Rachael’s hard work and her commitment to the young people her and her team support. We wish her well for the future and we are sure that she will continue to lead The Oaks staff team with dedication and professionalism.
All our homes offer great care and support to young people with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. However our care extends beyond that to helping young people become more independent in life – preparing them for when they become young adults. This is a complex process but can often involve small things, which to many would seem simplistic, but for some of the young people we support are a large leap forward. Here is a picture of one of our young people working on their independence skills – doing a simple job and earning some money for it. They learn to take responsibility for the job they do and then appreciate the reward or payment in return. We think this young person did a great job cleaning the car, earning extra pocket money in the process.
That’s what our young people were aiming for when we took some of them Ten Pin Bowling this week. Now we have to admit it didn’t all go to plan and there were one or two balls ending up in the lane gutter, but overall it was a pretty keen contest. Bowling is a great way to improve your maths, even with a machine to help you! But it’s also fun and it was a great trip out!
At The Laurels we fully support the LGBTQ+ community and support our young people who identify as part of that community. This week all our young people have been designing some Pride pebbles and stones. Not only are they beautiful to look at but they are also markers of our young people’s support. We will continue to support all young people who may be questioning their identity or sexuality and help guide them through what can often be a difficult time.
As part of decorating our home for last weekend’s Jubilee celebrations we invited our young people to come up with some original artworks which we displayed around our home. They did a great job with all things Union Jack and Queen’s Head related. They worked hard and showed no little skill in putting together a fine selection of Jubilee themed pieces. They were very proud to have them on display in the home on such a memorable occasion.