Opportunities and Experiences
The Next Step Trust has been established to maximise the potential of the individuals who attend our provision and to open up a range of opportunities and experiences across a wide variety of platforms. We have specific Activity Lead staff who regularly research and update the possibilities available. Depending upon the interest, personality and needs of the individual they could choose to have a quiet session listening to the radio while having a massage for example, or going to the climbing wall for an urban adventure!
There are certain activities that have significant importance for the well being of the Next Steppers: We lay a strong emphasis on providing regular hydrotherapy sessions for individuals that will benefit from these, and we have committed resources to ensure we can run regular rebound therapy sessions. These are very positive for movement and exercise for some of the individuals who are unable to create that movement for themselves. We currently use the Hydrotherapy pool at Ravenscliffe High School and we have used the facility at Highbury School in the past. The rebound sessions are provided at Ravenscliffe High School as well as Castle Hill School in Huddersfield.
Physiotherapy is also an essential part of an individuals’ wellbeing. The health services support us with a physiotherapist who comes to train staff on providing this to individuals to ensure mobility of their limbs.
A Wide Variety Of Activities
Some of the activities our Next Steppers currently enjoy include: accessible bikes – both indoors and outdoors; indoor climbing; canoeing, sailing and kayaking during the summer months; barge trips on an accessible barge; catering skills run by our catering staff (more details in the Catering section); Zumba; music sessions; sports sessions; support to go to the gym and the swimming pool; horse riding; recycling; massage sessions; arts and crafts; walking groups.
Most activities are co-ordinated to work seasonally. We try to make the most of the summer days out and plan indoor activities during the winter. We also endeavour to offer an annual residential trip, which for the last few years has been to the Calvert Trust in the Lake District.
The list of activities above is not exhaustive. Our aim is to work with you to ensure you are able to do the things that you enjoy or would like to try!
Though we hope to provide as wide a variety of activities as possible, we cannot guarantee they will always be available. If circumstances change or the accessibility changes that may impact on the provision. But our commitment will always be to work with you and other providers to continue to look for opportunities and support in new developments.