Looking forward to activities and outings resuming

Lockdown and social distancing this year has meant that many social activities and outings have had to be put on hold. We hope that many of these activities and outings will be able to resume this autumn with safe social distancing in place.

Pre-lockdown, we helped Gateways into the Community with their outings programme for 2019, a charity that supports people with learning disabilities in rural west Northumberland. Along with some wonderful photos, this is what the group reported back to us:

“All our activities have been carefully planned with our members and have been eagerly anticipated and talked about both in advance and for many weeks after. Outings, lunches and special activities, however small, make such a big difference to our older members. The opportunity to simply go out for lunch or coffee and cake gives our members something to look forward to and the opportunity to do something that so many of us take for granted. Social occasions also offer the opportunity for new friendships to develop and flourish, while trips and outings evoke memories from their past and new memories to share and enjoy along with the added health and well-being benefits.

Very few of our members have access to their own transport, and many have physical limitations, are wheelchair users, or are only able to walk a short distance, so outings such as a trip to the zoo or the beach become inaccessible. One of our older members is partially sighted with great mobility issues, so for him the opportunity to take part in a social excursion away from his general day to day life has been immense.

We have included some photos from our outings to share. As you can see our members have had such fun. Older members they may be but are definitely young at heart! “