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Pottery pigs, strange weather and new beginnings – Spring 2019

Well Spring finally sprung and then it sprung back again! Talk about confusing. The flowers and animals don’t know what to do with themselves! The bright days appear to be picking up again after a windy outburst and it really did blow the cobwebs away. Brrrr.

At Freedom we enjoyed every second of the (unexpected week) of sun and for us it reminds us of the times to come that we love – summer! Summer equals Warm days and tons of fun. Similar to winter but outdoors!

Not that we have let the cold weather get us down of course. We have had all sorts going on as always – Did you see the pottery pigs for Chinese New Year? Just fantastic and so cute. New adventures and projects were plenty of course. We had our first Empowerment meeting, new drama sessions started as well as dog walking and LCFC theory sessions. The oldies and goodies such as tennis also remain with sailing just around the corner – starting on 1st April! If you want to get involved you must let us know now as it gets booked up very quickly.

Our 4th Supported Living home is now up and running and we have employed 3 new supported living staff Debbie, Jo and Paola, Welcome to all of you from everyone at Team Freedom. Our new tenants are a wonderful bunch – its going to be fun. Congratulations to you all and welcome to your new home. Hurray!!

We have also employed a new Catering Support worker Clare. I’ve obviously had to sacrifice my waistline to try Clare’s cooking and although it took a few attempts at trying Clare’s cakes I can vouch for their yumminess! (I deserve a medal)

On a different note we have been working with a company affiliated to Freedom that supports with Consultancy Services and Family Advice Services. If you are interested to know more there is information on our website or you can always call me Miranda on 07470936707 or email miranda@freedomsupport.co.uk. They are open to suggestions about how they can help everyone so feel free to get in touch.

A big thanks to Active Together who donated a kurling and boccia ‘rainy day’ kit to us so that we can use these ourselves. I’ve been trying to pry them from the staffs hands to let the clients have a go! Ill keep trying wish me luck.

We have had a request to have our newsletters put onto a podcast which is a fantastic idea. I am still trying to work this out so if you can help me at all it would be very appreciated. Ill keep trying in the meantime.

And finally, we cannot leave without saying thanks to a man who was a big part of Freedom Support but sadly passed away recently Mr Philip Grinyer. Mr Grinyer has left a big hole that can never be filled. Thank you for all you did for us and love always to the Grinyer family. You will always be a part of the Freedom Family.

Well that’s it for now (I missed loads out so I might be back for an inbetweeny) I will talk to you all again very soon. Love and laughter to you all. Summer here we come!!!!!

Miranda xx

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Look back at Winter 2018

Where has the time gone? One blink and its 2019.

With all this Brexit talk I’m not sure that many people are looking forward to this year but at Freedom we are moving onwards and upwards as always. Its always good to look back at where we have been. So since our last blog – what have we done?

It was a busy year and we thought we would end the year at a slower pace. Mmmm that didn’t last long did it.

In November we opened another Supported Living home and employed 4 new members of staff as mentioned in our previous blog. Team Freedom keeps getting bigger! We couldn’t be happier. The home is going really well and the new years party went down a treat. Desborough home is going full pace. We are currently decorating and making sure that it is a wonderful place to live for the new tenants who are hoping to move in in February. We have started recruiting and are hoping to have our team together very soon.

Changes to Freedom structure have meant that Miranda has been promoted to Director of Operations and Mandy has been promoted to Supported Living Team Leader.
It has also been a sad time for us as we said goodbye to Bev our Supported Living Manager who has been part of Freedom for a long time. She decided to retire (how dare she) and take this opportunity to relax and recharge her batteries. We are hoping she will keep in touch and wish her all the best. She will be very very missed by everyone at Freedom. Don’t forget to send us a postcard now and again!

The Training Academy clients were invited to the Boccia Festival at LCFC and it was a huge success. We also had the ever popular ladies spa night. Talk about pampering princesses.

Photos of all our outings can be found on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

If you want to talk to us about any of our projects or be involved in Team Freedom in anyway please contact us

01858 463546 – office@freedomsupport.co.uk – www.freedomsupport.co.uk

Reminder – Freedom Support Family Carers Group next meeting is on Tuesday 22nd January at 6pm. Please feel free to come along.

Happy New Year everyone  – we will be back soon.

With love from all at Freedom Support.

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Harborough Sports Awards 2018

We are the Champions my friend…… #teamfreedom does it again!

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On 15th November 2018 Freedom Support were invited along to the Harborough Sports Awards as some of our clients had been nominated for an award due to the wonderful physical activity opportunities that they have been offered over the year and the hard work that they have all put in.

We dressed up in our glad rags and boogied on down to the Leicester Grammar School. Much to everyone’s delight a big buffet was available for all the nominees and their families along with beer and prosecco! That would have been enough for us all to be honest but with lots of excitement we were shown to our seats to await the news.

A spectacular show of all the local sporting hero’s ensued and we ood and ahhed at the fantastic tales of blood sweat and tears to achieve sporting goals throughout our wonderful district. It really was a fantastic evening and we were so honoured to be part of it.

And so it is with huge pride that we can now announce that our very own Cecil Hart won ‘Twilight Achiever of the Year’ and the hearts of everyone there! Cecil was recognised for the hard work he achieved through his tennis sessions with Market Harborough Lawn Tennis Club, working hard himself but also encouraging his Freedom friends to get involved. As well as Cecil’s win the innovative course that was developed by Active Together and Freedom Support had a special mention too and several students won certificates for Lead and Achieve which was a wonderful addition. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Freedom also sponsored the Harborough Sporting Hero award which was won by our friend Andrew Stamp (see photo below) and it couldn’t have gone to a better person.

We also donated £250 to Market Harborough Lawn Tennis Club for their disabled children’s sessions. Team Freedom made a very large cheque to present to them which went down very well.

All in all it was an amazing evening and Freedom Support want to thank the Active Together Team (see photo below) who do the most fantastic job of getting all of our clients active and involved – which is no mean feat.

         

Please see below for the full write up that can be found on the Harborough District Council website under local talent.

 

Sports Awards celebrate local talent

Published Friday 16 November 2018 

Sporting talent, from across the Harborough district, was celebrated at the Sports Awards 2018.

The much-anticipated event, held on 15 November 2018 at Leicester Grammar School, was organised by the Sport and Activity Alliance made up of Harborough District Council, sports coaches, volunteers, the local school sport partnership and Leicestershire and Rutland Sport.

Sports Awards 2018 winners

Following on from the successful re-launch of the Harborough District Sports Awards last year, this year’s event proved a huge success – with over 200 people attending.

As well as celebrating sporting success, the awards also recognise the importance of physical activity and the enormous amount of time that volunteers and coaches give up to help our district get active every day, no matter the weather.

Winners, in each category, on the night (pictured) were:

  • Maisie Elliott  (swimming) – Junior sportswoman
  • Tom Moorhouse (hockey)  – Junior sportsman
  • Cecil Hart – Twilight Achiever
  • Laura and Steve Underwood (cricket) – Unsung Hero
  • Ethan Whitehorn (football) – Physical Activity Star
  • Borough Alliance Football Club – Club of the Year
  • Susan Henderson (hockey) – Sportsperson of the Year
  • Market Harborough Lawn Tennis Club – Community Impact Award
  • Kibworth School Year 11 Football Team – Team of the Year

The awards were handed out by successful athletes Andrew Stamp and Laura Sugar.

Additional recognition was given to Andrew on the night when he was presented with a Harborough Sporting Hero award for all of his ambassador work as a Team GB and Go Gold podium level athlete as well as in recognition of his silver medal at the Youth Olympics in trampolining this year.

As well as the awards, the event also featured a performance by local dance company, drummondance from Fleckney.

Councillor Janette Ackerley, the Council’s portfolio holder for Wellbeing and Localities, said: “We’re very proud to support this fantastic event which celebrates local talent and the potential stars of the future – as well as the volunteers and coaches who make it all possible. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to the sponsors and those who organised the evening.”

Nicky Collett, Chair of Active Harborough District said: “It has been a great showcase of all of the amazing  clubs, teams and individuals who commit their time and effort day in and day out to achieve and support others. We had a wealth of great nominations for the awards this year, with such high quality, not everyone made it through the shortlisting process. We would like to thank each person that took the time to nominate and extend a further thanks to everyone across the District that volunteers to provide sport and physical activity opportunities – you are appreciated.”

Get involved in sport and activities in your area by going to www.harboroughsport.org.uk

Sports Awards 2018

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Look back on October.

October 2018 – a brief recap and other bits……

October has been a month of change. The expansion of Freedom Supported Living with two more homes means that Freedom Team has got bigger. New starters are Neil, Gill, Ben and Henry who became part of Team Freedom on 29th October. They will be working together at one of our new homes in Market Harborough. It really is an exciting time….a new house in Desborough is likely and we will be recruiting in the new year if all goes well. On 1st October we welcomed Steven to the Training Academy as he took up a support worker post. Welcome to the Freedom family!

We sadly had to say goodbye to Rebecca our Catering Support Worker at Freedom Support Training Academy who will be spending more time with her family. We will miss her and wish her the best. We are now recruiting to her post and hope to find someone new very soon. It cant come soon enough for Hayley B the Academy Team Leader who is currently covering this role as well as doing her usual job….she is an expert in multi tasking thankfully.

Freedom were invited to The Houses of Parliament and the Arsenal game against Leicester City as well as our usual shenanigans at the Halloween party and all our amazing clients accessing our wonderful courses. (please see the blog posts) Theres never a dull moment.

New and extended courses at the Training Academy are

Singing with Kyle (WEA)
Allotment with Kate (WEA)
Tennis with Market Harborough Tennis Club (Extended)
LCFC inclusive sports on Fridays (Extended)
Toms Gym on Monday afternoons. (Extended)

Thank you as always to our course tutors, project leads and supporters – you are all amazing. We couldn’t do this without you.

We learnt that some of our clients would be receiving an award at the Harborough Sports Award on November 15th (look out for the blog) which is going to be an emotional event. This will be a fantastic opportunity for our clients to show everyone what they are capable of.

Freedom Support Family Carers Group met to listen to Andrew Hitchon from Bray and Bray talk about getting Power of Attorney for loved ones and all the legal aspects of this. FSFCG will be meeting again on 11th December 6pm at Freedom Support Training Academy HQ. If you are a carer, family member of friend of someone that attends or lives with Freedom Support you are very welcome. Just don’t forget to bring biscuits!
If you would like to come and talk to our group about anything you feel they may be interested in please get in touch.

Some exciting changes to Freedom structure will be happening soon so look out for next months blog to find out exactly what is happening. Until then keep dancing……..

With love from all at Freedom Support.

01858 463546 office@freedomsupport.co.uk www.freedomsupport.co.uk

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‘Light of Progressive Glory’

In addition to our news blog we would like to take this opportunity to say a few words about the tragic accident at the King Power Stadium recently. Everyone at Freedom Support Solutions Ltd would like to express our sadness at the passing of a man that helped to enrich the lives of people with learning disabilities, carers and families. Without Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha opportunities with Leicester City Football Club would not have existed for our clients. He was a kind and generous man and we will never forget what he did for us at Freedom Support. Our thoughts are with all the families and friends of all those involved and everyone affected by this awful tragedy.

Much love to you all.
The Freedom Support Solutions Family.

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Freedom on Tour Our visit to The Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal v Leicester City Football match at The Emirates.

On Monday 22nd October 7 people from Freedom Support were invited by Leicester City as their special guests to attend the football match against Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium. Cant isn’t in the Freedom dictionary so of course we said yes!

We arrived at the King Power Stadium at 1pm ready for our journey to The Emirates with a number of other football fans. Meeting up with Sarah and Phil our friends from LCFC Community Trust the excited group poured onto the bus. It was a wonderful treat to be part of the fan group and all the clients joined in with the chants and celebratory hopes.

Once at The Emirates we were joined by Luke from Arsenal Community Trust fed and watered and led to the Sensory Area of the Stadium. The Sensory Area is a wonderful array of colourful lights and interactive movement devices. Everyone enjoyed the changing colour light machine and playing football on the floor with the movement sensitive projector.  It was a great way to start the event and a perfect option for people who struggle with the noise, the environment and may need a period of respite.

Then the game started and so did the support from Freedom. In our protected ‘box’ with a huge window and an excellent view of the game we watch the story unfold. Sadly the ending was not as we were hoping with a 3 – 1 defeat but serious fun was had by all. Tired but happy we trooped back onto the bus only to strike up with songs of glory regardless of what the Arsenal fans said!

It was a fantastic experience for all and we are very grateful for the opportunity. The personalised programmes were the icing on the cake.

We are hoping with funding and backing that we will be able to support Sarah with her bid for a sensory room at the King Power Stadium so that we can also compete with Arsenal on their opportunities for people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health and general anxiety issues. Currently they are way ahead of us.

They cant compete with us on fan support though. Come on you Foxes!!

 

 

If you feel that you are able to support the development of a sensory room or similar please contact Freedom Support Solutions Ltd – office@freedomsupport.co.uk or call 01858 463546.

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Freedom invade London – Houses of Parliament trip 2018

On Sunday 14th October 10 people from Freedom Support Training Academy went by train down to London to prepare for our trip to the Houses of Parliament as guests of MP Neil O’Brien and Narinder Singh. On our first evening there we stayed in a hotel and had a wonderful time eating a meal (and the odd drink) at a fancy restaurant and enjoying our surroundings. We all had such a wonderful time together with lots of laughs.

The Houses of Parliament on Monday 15th October proved to be extremely interesting and all of us answered and asked questions whilst touring the House of Commons and the House of Lords with a very knowledgeable tour guide. We were then treated to a VIP back stage tour which was so insightful and exciting. Travelling through underground tunnels that we were not supposed to be in and discovering a 900 year old underground church along with hiding in the same cupboard as a certain suffragette Emily Wilding Davison. It all felt like something out of a Hollywood Blockbuster.

All in all it was a perfect weekend. We are so proud of all of the clients that came with us they made the most of every moment and never stopped smiling.

We would really like to thank MP Neil O’Brien and Narinder Singh who were fantastic hosts as well as Leanne Plummer from Active Harborough (Harborough District Council) whom we dragged along with us to thank her for the physical activity work she and her team do with us.

What a fantastic experience for everyone, we fully involved ourselves in the hustle and bustle of London life. We even travelled on the tube! 

See you again soon London. Freedom will be back!

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Graduation Celebration Evening 2018

This year we launched as a Training Academy with huge success. So much so that we decided that we would hold a Graduation Ceremony…..and what an evening.

Lots of family and friends turned up to celebrate alongside the students, staff and management and there was not a dry eye in the house!

We had Prosecco to celebrate along with a traditional Freedom Cake. Our photographer Charlie Shelton was there to capture the magical moments along with personalised Graduation photos in cap and gown. The photographs speak for themselves.

If you attended the Graduation and would like a copy of your Graduation photo please contact office@freedomsupport.co.uk they are £5 each.

We will be holding a Graduation Ceremony every year from now on so please come along and join us in congratulating all of our wonderful students for their achievements.


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By popular demand Team Freedom T-Shirts are now for sale!

Tell everyone you are part of Team Freedom by buying your very own Team Freedom T-Shirt. With Freedom Support Training Academy and logo on the front left shoulder and the words TEAM FREEDOM on the back.

Sizes are from S up to XXL. They are £12 each and you can order them by contacting us using the email form below.

Please tell us the amount of T-Shirts you would like and the size for each one. You will then be invoiced £12 for each T-Shirt you request.

Please call if you would like more information.

 

Check Availability

For booking enquiries, please contact us using the details below or by submitting the form.

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Market Harborough Carnival

Freedom Carnival Team have been very very busy sorting out all the props and the scenery for this years float ready for the Market Harborough Carnival. We are very excited to be part of it and we hope to win the award for best float. We are so proud of our community and want to support anything that happens here. Team Freedom are a huge part of the Market Harborough Community and we intend to stay that way. Come along and support us. We expect lots of shouts of Go Team Freedom!

MARKET HARBOROUGH CARNIVAL THIS SATURDAY 9th JUNE 2018! ?

Carnival Parade with 20 floats! Starts at 10.45am (note earlier time from previous years). The Parade starts from Burnmill Road and takes its usual route – taking in High Street, Coventry Road, Welland Park Road and St Mary’s Road before arriving at Symington’s Recreation Ground at around noon.

Showground – Symington’s Rec, off St Mary’s Road, will be packed with stalls, entertainment, street food and drink until 8pm.

Cost: £2 per adult, £1 per child or £5 for a family ticket.

Stage Line up…
12:00 – 12:30 Bad Hombre

12:30 – 12:45 Creative Edge Bollywood Dancers

13:00 – 13:45 Timmy Mallett

13:45 – 14:00 Barrett Dance School (younger group)

14:00 – 14:30 BLUD

14:40 – 14:55 Performance Dance Team

15:00 – 15:15 Harborough Twirlers

15:20 – 15:35 Barrett stage School (older)

15:40 – 15:55 Performance Dance Team

16:00 – 16:30 Presentations, Football trophy, Parade Float 1st 2nd & 3rd Harborough Hero & Quiz trophy Presentations made by HDC Chairman, Neil O’Brien MP & MH Rotary

16:30 – 17:00 Paul Anderson

17:00 – 17:30 Elmersend

17:30 – 18:30 The Smarties

18:45 – 20:00 Stereosonics

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE – PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

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