Daybreak

Meet Mary, Daybreak's new Chief Executive Officer!

25 July 2014

Meet our new Chief Executive Officer, Mary! She was recently interviewed by our Acomb Centre's Reporting Group: Service Users Julie, Andrew, Hazel, John, Emma and Ryan, and were supported by Life Skills Instructor, Andrew.

Here's some of the questions Mary was asked by our service users:

- "What did you do before working for Daybreak?"
"I worked for Wiltshire County Council as a Commissioner."

- "What are your hobbies?"
"I have three children in their twenties who I give a lot of time to. Since moving north I have started hill-walking and I’ve just bought some new poles. I also love music and cycling."

- "What do you hope to achieve and bring to Daybreak?"
"I want to meet everyone, Service Users and Staff and get to know them. I have many new ideas, but I’m keeping them close to my chest for the time being, as I’m still meeting everyone. I only went to the Ouseburn Centre for the first time yesterday."

Meet Mary, Daybreak's new Chief Executive Officer!

After the interview, Emma said "She’s very polite and nice." Hazel agreed and said "She seemed very enthusiastic and helpful."

From all of the staff and service users at Daybreak, we'd like to give a warm welcome to Mary, and we look forward to getting to know her better and finding out what exciting ideas she has in store for us! Welcome to the team Mary!

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Learning about horse-grooming

25 July 2014

Service users Sharne, Paul, Helen, Ryan, Elizabeth, Michelle and Jon recently visited Dipton Mill, where they gained experience of grooming and looking after horses. As well as grooming the horses, they fed them, clipped their feet, and brushed the stable out. Paul said, "I like brushing the horses and feeding them".

Learning about horse grooming at Daybreak, Acomb

Life Skills Instructor, Erica, said "The service users learnt how to care for a pony as in what they eat, how to look after their feet and make sure their coat is well groomed. In the summer, ponies can get bites from flies, and we learnt how to treat them with proper medical care. Everyone enjoyed interacting with the horses, it is very therapeutic. The horses were very well behaved and liked the attention they got from us."

Service user, Helen, said "I like giving carrots to the horses. My favourite is Landa. I like being in the country and doing nice things for the horses." Ryan, another service user, agreed saying, "I enjoy the horses and it makes me feel happy." Overall, our service users had a really enjoyable visit and learnt many new skills.

Learning about horse grooming at Daybreak, Acomb
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Minsteracres' service users visit Ouseburn's All day Fun Day

17 July 2014

On Friday 27th June, service users from our Minsteracres Centre were invited to the Ouseburn Centre's All Day fun Day. There were cake stalls, a tombola and raffle stall, and crafts and creative writing workshops. During the craft workshops, service users had the chance to learn how to create felt hearts. Everyone had an enjoyable day with lots of things to do. One of our service users said "What I liked best about the day was meeting other service users.”

Read more about our All Day Fun Day event here: http://goo.gl/t5tl0H

Minsteracres' service users visit Ouseburn's All day Fun DayMinsteracres' service users visit Ouseburn's All day Fun Day
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