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Making Christmas decorations at Acomb

05 December 2014

Service users from Daybreak, Acomb’s Arts & Crafts Group, which is supported by Life Skills Instructor, Sandra, have been making Christmas decorations to brighten up our centre and make it more festive.

Making Christmas decorations at Acomb. Daybreak, Hexham, learning disability charity, north east, England, Newcastle upon tyne, Consett, Minsteracres.Making Christmas decorations at Acomb. Daybreak, Hexham, learning disability charity, north east, England, Newcastle upon tyne, Consett, Minsteracres.

The group said they really enjoyed making the decorations, which included paper chains; bunting; large hanging paper Christmas trees, a snowman and a Santa Claus. Service users also have plans to make snowflakes in the future.

Making Christmas decorations at Acomb. Daybreak, Hexham, learning disability charity, north east, England, Newcastle upon tyne, Consett, Minsteracres.Making Christmas decorations at Acomb. Daybreak, Hexham, learning disability charity, north east, England, Newcastle upon tyne, Consett, Minsteracres.

Service user, Josephine, said, “Sandra’s art group did a fantastic job.”

Making Christmas decorations at Acomb. Daybreak, Hexham, learning disability charity, north east, England, Newcastle upon tyne, Consett, Minsteracres.
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Daybreak' Acomb's First Film!

04 December 2014

The Drama and Film Group at Daybreak’s Acomb Centre have produced their first DVD.

The group, which consists of service users Andrew B, Anna, David, Neil, Stephen H, Heather, Daniel, and Ryan, and is led by Life Skills Instructor, Andrew, has been set up to produce short films, as well as to develop team work and self confidence.

Daybreak' Acomb's First Film! learning disability charity, Hexham, north east, Northumberland, Newcastle, Consett, Minsteracres.

Writing the script was a team-effort. They then developed the characters, considered the costumes, and discussed the locations. The group began filming but had to adapt the script as they went along. The Arts & Crafts Group helped out by making props and scenery.

Daybreak' Acomb's First Film! learning disability charity, Hexham, north east, Northumberland, Newcastle, Consett, Minsteracres.Daybreak' Acomb's First Film! learning disability charity, Hexham, north east, Northumberland, Newcastle, Consett, Minsteracres.

Ryan said, “I liked the warm-up games, and pushing the bus on the film. It’s my favourite.” Stephen H added “We put a lot of effort into this. It was a real team-effort”. Daniel agreed saying “it was worth it”.

Daybreak' Acomb's First Film! learning disability charity, Hexham, north east, Northumberland, Newcastle, Consett, Minsteracres.

Andrew B said, “Watching the film for the first time made me feel proud and happy. I enjoyed it when everybody laughed watching it.”

Daybreak' Acomb's First Film! learning disability charity, Hexham, north east, Northumberland, Newcastle, Consett, Minsteracres.Daybreak' Acomb's First Film! learning disability charity, Hexham, north east, Northumberland, Newcastle, Consett, Minsteracres.Daybreak' Acomb's First Film! learning disability charity, Hexham, north east, Northumberland, Newcastle, Consett, Minsteracres.

Life Skills Instructor, Andrew, said “The film was really fun to make, and it was brilliant seeing the service users’ confidence grow in such a short space of time. The warm-up games played an important part in this as well as building team-spirit. The Art and Craft group made some great scenery so thanks to all of them. I was genuinely surprised how well the film worked out. A great effort, well done everyone!”

Daybreak' Acomb's First Film! learning disability charity, Hexham, north east, Northumberland, Newcastle, Consett, Minsteracres.

We will be sharing the film online soon.The group’s next film is loosely based on the story of Rapunzel, so watch this space!

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Acomb's Photography Group Visit Staward Gorge

28 November 2014

The Photography Group at Daybreak, Acomb have recently visited Staward Gorge. This is part of an on-going project about landscape photography and introducing the use of black and white photography. Service users Sharne, James, Jonathan, and Josephine were supported by Life Skills Instructor, Andrew.

Daybreak, learning disability charity, north east. Acomb's Photography Group Visit Staward GorgeDaybreak, learning disability charity, north east. Acomb's Photography Group Visit Staward GorgeDaybreak, learning disability charity, north east. Acomb's Photography Group Visit Staward Gorge

Sharne said “The group went for a long walk at Staward Gorge. I liked looking at the river, and I enjoyed photographing the bridge and being outside”. Jonathan said “I liked being out at Staward Gorge, it was a good place to take photos. I liked the trees and enjoyed the walk but I got a bit muddy!”

Daybreak, learning disability charity, north east. Acomb's Photography Group Visit Staward Gorge

Josephine added “I liked turning the photos into black and white on the computer, it made the photos more interesting and makes them stand out. Photography is a good opportunity for all of us, it’s really good thing to do”.

Daybreak, learning disability charity, north east. Acomb's Photography Group Visit Staward GorgeDaybreak, learning disability charity, north east. Acomb's Photography Group Visit Staward GorgeDaybreak, learning disability charity, north east. Acomb's Photography Group Visit Staward Gorge

Life Skills Instructor, Andrew said “Although it was a small group this morning, the group engaged really well with the project and took some excellent images”.

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