Activities and social life

Hannahwood focuses on the transition from adolescence to adulthood, both in terms of learning and development, and care. Our young adult space has the vibrancy and leniency of a university campus with the meticulous care and standards of Hannahs at Ivybridge. Aimed at helping young people to live more independently and prepare them for community life. Hannahwood still supplies education, but the timetables are not rigid but tailored to meet the needs of the individual. The students continue to work with the same team of Hannahs therapists; so, although there’s a big change in how education and care are delivered, there is continuity.

Here at Hannahwood we have an extensive range of activities available for everybody to enjoy!

We have fantastic facilities that anybody can access day or night including an Arts and Crafts room, a bar and lounge area complete with pool table, Wii, sofas and vast collection of games and DVDs. We also have a computer suite complete with gadgets designed to enable people to use different programmes on the computer – whether it may be designing, producing posters, producing work for college – there are many different tools available to do this.

Our Music and Activities room has a huge collection of different instruments for everyone to enjoy as well as some fantastic equipment that gives people the opportunity to control the music and lights in the room. We also have a collection of fun inflatable games and interactive screens, switch-activated games and more!

We recently installed a state of the art multi-sensory room where everybody gets the opportunity to use whenever they want! This room is fantastic for the users to make choices about what they would like to control as well as providing a lovely relaxing environment – particularly useful after a long day!

Working in collaboration with our friends in other organisations we also access fantastic activities in our local communities!

As well as having sessions with external organisations each month we also get the opportunity to go to lots of local events. We are always invited to festivals each year as special guests as well as other events such as the Uphill speed racing championships at Wiscombe Park and the Funky Llama Festivals and Club nights.

As well as attending local events we have the opportunity to go on lots of fantastic trips out! Whether it be trips to the theatre, Exeter racecourse, shopping, cinema, bowling, laser tag, Gala Bingo, the aquarium, going out for meals or to the pub! … whatever people want to do we do our very best to go and do it!

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    Social nights

    Every Tuesday night is Social Night! Here we enjoy a range of activities including Quiz nights, live music from local musicians, Gameshow nights, discos, karaoke and parties. This gives us all the opportunity to catch up with our friends from other bungalow as well as having lots of fun!

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    Here at Hannahwood we strive to give as many opportunities as possible. We have our own Craft group who make arts and crafts which are then taken to sell at fairs and stalls in the community.

    We also recently opened a coffee shop which is run by a group of adults each week. This is a fun way for everyone to get involved with learning new skills as well as money-handling, sequencing, communication and improving confidence. This has already been a huge success after only opening in September!

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    Evening entertainment

    Lads and Ladies Nights are something we provide each week. The lads get involved with activities such as Bushcraft, laser tag, bowling, trips to the pub, poker nights, horse racing, and much more! The ladies like to have pamper evenings, cinema trips, PJ and chick flick nights, meals out, theatre trips and much more! These evenings mean that everyone gets to be involved with something fun and enjoyable with their friends.

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    Sports and movement

    Boccia, dance and Yoga are just a few of the movement-based groups that we have here in Hannahwood.

    All of these workshops are so important as are very beneficial to get people moving and stretching. We work closely with Active 4 Life, Exim Dance, Far Flung Dance Theatre Company to provide these workshops which are enjoyed by everyone here in Hannahwood on a regular basis.

    As well as these workshops we are also involved with Wheelchair rugby, basketball and attend a local football team's training session once per month as well as attend their home matches!

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    Communication groups

    As part of our role in enabling everybody here to use their voice, we have a fantastic newsletter that is produced quarterly by a team of young adults from Hannahwood. Here the team are able to write an article on something they enjoy such as Health and Beauty tips, Sports, music and interviewing members of staff! The newsletter is a really positive way for the adults to reach out to friends and family and developing their communication skills.

    In 2015 we joined up with Access All Aerials and set up our very own Hannahwood Radio Show at Seale Hayne! In the first year it has had over 5,000 listeners which is a fantastic achievement! The purpose of setting up the show is to enable the adults to share their news with their families and friends, whilst improving their confidence with communication aids as well as enjoying listening to their favourite music.

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    Outdoor activities

    As we like to provide as much opportunity for meaningful activities as possible, we are lucky enough to be able to access some fantastic activities in the community. During the Summer we go sailing with our friends at Horizons Sailing Charity who have a wheelchair-adapted boat, as well as trips to the beach and moors with our friend Obama the pony from Pony Access.

    We also take part in forestry at Burrator with the South West Lakes Trust on a regular basis. Here everybody enjoys taking part in different nature based activities and tasks and a favourite has to be toasting marshmallows on the fire!

    Bushcraft skills at Seale Hayne is another favourite, learning new skills including whittling and making shelters.