Both groups provide a social hub for adults to meet and participate in the scheduled activities for that particular Tuesday. It also provides light refreshments- tea, coffee and biscuits. The Drop-in Group is very relaxed and gives participants support from S.A.F.E staff who attend every week. This provides continuity and the opportunity to develop good informed professional relationships between staff and those attending alike. All staff are fully qualified and regularly attend meetings and training in order to provide the best possible care. The activities the Drop-in Group offers include; music sessions, arts and crafts, and cookery as well as gardening, floristry and trips out. The trips often involve local activities, landmarks and beauty spots. The Tuesday Evening Group (fortnightly) offers similar to the above but makes sure it varies for those choosing to attend both groups. It also hosts events such as discos, live music, BBQ’s and parties. These groups provide a vital link to the community for those with additional needs living in this fairly remote rural setting.
Where and when
The Tuesday Drop-in Group runs every Tuesday morning between 10.30am and 12.00pm.
The Tuesday Evening Group takes place fortnightly between 7.30pm and 9.00pm. Both are held at The Cabin on Saxon Road, Saxmundham, IP17 1EA
What we offer
- Utilises staff on our regular staff team that are all trained or training to achieve level 2 diploma and beyond in Health and Social Care. Continuity of staff is maintained through our own in house team dedicated to these two services. Staff also have the opportunity to use their own talents or abilities e.g. playing guitar, dancing or painting. Tru-Care staff also have basic and intermediate food hygiene training.
- Utilises a purpose built Swiss style log cabin which is equipped with two fully fitted kitchens, air conditioning, disabled access and toilet facilities.
- The Cabin was purpose designed and has a sensory garden equipped with astro turf picnic area and bespoke built oak gazebo.
- Tru-Care has a fleet of new VW buses and people carriers for excursions which have been modified for disabled use.
- Both groups promote choice as all participants get the choice of the activities that are offered to them.
- Tru-Care staff hope to promote life skills such as basic cooking and healthy eating. The staff also have a remit to promote good social skills and best practice. They do this by using positive reinforcement to improve participants self esteem and self respect through participating in the activities on offer.
- The Tuesday Groups also offer the families of those that use them valuable respite that in turn can have a positive impact on home life.
Tuesday Drop-in and Tuesday Group (fortnightly)
- To improve interpersonal skills and social skills through building strong relationships with staff and other participants.
- To improve confidence and self-esteem through partaking in the various activities that are offered
- To provide a level of respite for the families of those that use the Drop-in.
- To provide a safe and familiar environment for those that use the drop in, including the purpose built sensory garden.
- To cater for a variety of different abilities
- To provide a service that allows participants the opportunity to get out of Saxmundham who might otherwise not be able to access other services outside of the area
- To provide a safe venue to enhance the social lives of those that attend.
- To provide the opportunity to learn new skills, or take up a new hobby.