Cre8ing Opportunities is a service which brings together a number of different elements, including adults only activity groups across the City and County, the Children’s Short Breaks Service and other services such as: accessible Sailing, Sunbeam, bungalows, the social groups and inclusion projects within the County.
The purpose of Cre8ing Opportunities is to look at new and imaginative Services that people can “buy” with Direct Payments or Personal Budgets. Cre8ing Opportunities encourages staff and customers to “think outside the Box”.
The different groups that Cre8ing Opportunities run are:
Amity @ the Parish Church of Christ the King at Beaumont Leys from 9.30am-2.30pm. We provide a customer-led service, which empowers and encourages customers to come up with new ideas, alternatives and share experiences with one another. Amity is a great way to try activities, such as shopping, exercise and music, plus an opportunity to make friends!
Maverick @ Ibstock – The Palace Community Centre – in the County where disabled people over 30, carry out lots of activities like cooking, playing games, arts and crafts, and days out. Maverick runs from 10am-3.00pm.
9teen @ mosaic — A group for people who require one to one support, aimed at providing stimulating activities, using hand over hand techniques, intensive interaction, and sensory activities and also providing a higher level of support such as medication, hoisting to the mat/standing frame etc. 9teen runs from 10am-3pm.
Activ8 @ Aylestone Leisure Centre – A health and wellbeing group that is for mixed ages and abilities, promoting healthy eating and exercise such as Boxercise, sports, zumba etc. From 10am-3pm. Own transport must be arranged.
Intergr8 @ Beaumont Leys – A very independent group based around the Beaumont Leys Leisure Centre, accessing the facilities at the centre and in the local community. The group runs from 10am-3/4pm every Monday.
In-Sync @ Aylestone Leisure Centre – An active ladies group doing Zumba and swimming, 10am-3pm.
Carte Blanche @ the Tudor Centre – from 9.30am-2.30pm. The group at the Tudor Centre is a great way to come and meet new friends, carry out a range of different activities, and trips out such as shopping in town, or lunch out.
Sapphire @ Enderby – Brockington Community College where disabled people aged over 30, meet and carry out a number of activities and days out. Sapphire runs from 10am-3.00pm.
Inspire @ East West Community Centre Ltd. – A group of individuals with diverse needs, doing things such as outdoor pursuits, dance, cooking, arts and crafts etc. 10am-3pm.
Imagine @ mosaic — a small group doing activities of the group member’s choice, also providing higher levels of support for individuals, such as hand over hand activities, assisting with eating, medication, etc. Price dependent on level of support required. 10am-3pm.
Embrace @ West End neighbourhood Centre — a group aimed at promoting independence, out and about in the community and accessing a range of activities and opportunities. Must organise own transport. 10am-3pm.
Phoenix @ The Wolsey Building – a group of men of various ages, Gujarati and English languages. The group members meet at The Wolsey Building from 10am until 4pm. Activities are planned 6 weeks in advance and these activities consist of different sports games, arts and crafts, use of a computer suite, cinema, trips to temples and various places of interest around Leicester. The facilities we have access to are a kitchen area with microwave and kettle and a garden area.
Motiv8 @ Aylestone Leisure Centre – An active group taking part in a range of activities in the morning and swimming in the afternoon,10am-3pm.
Hamara @ West End Neighbourhood Centre – a group in the City from 9.30am-2.30pm. A group which meets every week, carrying out lots of different activities for disabled people aged 30-upwards. Being in town gives is lots of opportunity to easily use all the facilities in the City Centre. We are rarely in!!
Infusion @ Christ the King Church — a small group of people based out in the community or at mosaic doing activities of the group’s choice. Price dependent on level of support required, 10am-3pm.
Unity @ mosaic — a new group of people with higher support needs, of mixed ages, doing activities of the group’s choice including, arts and crafts, cooking, exercise, mat activities etc. Price dependent on level of support required, 10am-3pm.
Sens8 @ mosaic/East West Community Centre Ltd. — A group of people with high support needs, aimed at providing stimulating activities, using hand over hand techniques, intensive interaction, and sensory activities and also providing a higher level of support such as medication, hoisting to the mat/standing frame etc. Price on enquiry. 10am-3pm.
Present 10se @ Christ the King Church at Beaumont Leys– a group of individuals with diverse needs, doing things such as sports, cooking, accessing the city centre, arts and crafts etc. 10am-3pm.
Visualize @ mosaic – A higher needs group doing a range of sensory activities and sports, 10am-3pm.
Liberty @ mosaic – A smaller group based at mosaic for individuals with higher levels of care needs. Doing a range of activities. 10am-3pm.
Pizzazz @ Aylestone Leisure Centre — A group of individuals with a diverse range of needs, doing a mix of activities, including games, sports, arts and crafts and swimming. Price depends on support required. 10am-3pm.
Connect @ St Peters Community Centre, Loughborough – The group plans together activities they would like to do, such as exercise, arts and crafts, cooking, and outings to the garden centre, parks, or on the Sunbeam boat etc. The group runs from 10am-3pm. Own transport must be arranged.
Montage @ West End Neighbourhood Centre – A group of individuals with varying needs the group decide what activities they wish to do like crafts, cooking, music, sports, lunch club and outings. 10am-3pm.
Diversity – A community based group meeting in town and accessing a disco in the afternoon. 10am-3pm.
Weekends and Flexible options
Socialize – A variety of evening and weekend activities. A planner is drawn up and if your name is on the mailing list you just sign up for what you want to do. We go out for meals, go shopping, bowling, go to a disco, have BBQ’s, go to the cinema, whatever people suggest. Costs depend on activities and support required.
Creative Craft Circle and the Pukaar groups – These are very independent Asian women’s group, on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. To make a referral to these groups, we could put you in touch with the group leader – call mosaic on 0116 2318720
Children’s Short Breaks – At mosaic: shaping disability service – Fully accessible venue with changing places for personal care needs and kitchen facilities available. Activities will be things such as: photography, pottery, painting, cookery, paper mache, plasma screen and Xbox, table games, boxercise, indoor gardening etc. This service is not provided all year round – so please contact us for further details.
All prices vary dependent on level of support required, following an individual assessment by Social Services and a mosaic home visit.
We are always looking for volunteers to work with us to support customers, in swimming, gardening or other activities. If you are interested in volunteering in Cre8ing Opportunities, please contact Suzy Smalley on 0116 231 8720.
Keeping in Touch
Are you, or do you know someone who is isolated, disabled and over 50 years old, and would like to learn how to use modern technology in an easy way?
In this day and age families are spread far and wide; we will show you how to ‘Skype’ or ‘FaceTime’ (video telephone calls using the computer) to help you to be able to Keep in Touch with family and friends.
You might also like to learn how to send emails and so internet shopping – to widen your choices and enable you to eat more healthily (and maintain independence without always relying on other people to do things like your shopping).
Volunteers will bring equipment if you do not have access to a computer, and they can also support you to buy your own equipment if this is something you would like.
If you have someone who would like to Keep in Touch with family and friends, or have help with online shopping and emails etc. Then please call Suzy at mosaic: shaping disability services on 0116 231 8720 for more information.
This project is part of a larger project called Leicester Ageing Together running in the City of Leicester and is funded by the Big Lottery.