A VERY SNOWY DAY FOR THE OLDER GROUP, 24 MARCH
The seals and penguins were loving the snow at Living Coasts.
SNOW TUBING 17 MARCH
Younger group had a great time on the slopes – such dare-devils! they even took on the terrifying “Viper Drop”!
AZTEC LEISURE, TORQUAY, 10TH FEBRUARY
A good way for younger group to hide away from the miserable winter weather!
PAIGNTON ZOO 27th JANUARY
Younger group had a fantastic day at the zoo. All the animals had received the memo and were out for us to see.
OSC ANNUAL REPORT TO THE CHARITY COMMISSION FOR THE YEAR 2016-2017
With effect from December 2017 Orchard Saturday Club converted to a Charitable Incorporated Company. This in no way affects the running of the Club or its activities.
The Club continues to offer outstanding respite provision, thanks to the dedication and hard work of the Manager and her team.
Susan Pitcher (Chair), Kate Tapp (Trustee), Mich Taylor (Trustee), Patrick Taylor (Trustee), Mark Gilligan (Trustee), Bryan Winston (Secretary), Kate Seeney (treasurer), Christine Rockell (Parent Representative).
The full committee met 4 times in the year and meetings were well attended. Committee members have also met regularly in smaller groups, including with representatives of Devon County Council, the Club’s Independent Accounts Examiner and the Club manager.
The Club remains full and there are waiting lists for both groups.
Staffing is stable and we continue to ensure one-to-one staff support for every child. The children make good gains in interpersonal skills and in independence. Vacancies that have arisen have been successfully filled. Regular staff training sessions, funded by the committee, have taken place throughout the year, ensuring that all staff have the knowledge and skills their role requires.
To ensure that staff are not taken away from the children, the committee funds a considerable amount of work essential to the ongoing success of the Club outside normal Club hours.
Activities, outings and new experiences for the children continue to be at the heart of Saturdays. In addition, there have been family events, such as the Annual Christmas Party. The Manager and her team are continually looking for new opportunities and ideas to expand our children’s horizons that will help them grow in confidence and social skills.
The Club has benefited from a Children in Need grant for the period 2017 – 2020, enabling us to maintain 1-to-1 care and a wide range of opportunities and activities for the children.
Club policies are in the process of a complete review and update. Those completed can be seen on the website orchardsaturdayclub.co.uk, as can pictures of the Club’s activities.
In October 2016, the Club’s safeguarding arrangements were inspected by Ofsted with a successful outcome.
20 January 2018
Great day bowling with older group. It’s a busy and noisy environment but everyone managed brilliantly and enjoyed themselves .
13 January 2018
Younger group started the year with an energetic trip to Clip and Climb – what an adventure! We have some real dare-devils in the group and we had a fantastic time.
30 December 2017 Kent’s Cavern
Younger group ended the year with a fantastic trip to Kent’s Cavern. They always put on an amazing show for Christmas and this year was no exception. Brilliant fun was had be all.
Christmas Party 2017
A great afternoon of festive fun with music from ‘New Daze’ and Matt Sellors. And a visit from the big man himself! Lots of fun for everyone.
Dartmouth Steam Train Santa Express – 10 December 2017
Great day on the Santa Express: Sleeping Beauty panto on the train and a visit from the big man himself!
Wind in the Willows – 25 November 2017
A brilliant time exploring the Wind in the Willows at Killerton House. There were beautiful decorations, lots of things to explore and even a brass band playing Christmas carols!
4 November 2017 – Plymouth Aquarium
We spent a lovely day at a the aquarium. Everyone was very excited to see the sharks and it was great to have lots of time to watch the tanks.
30 October 2017 – Saturday Club’s manager wins Breeze Radio Local Heroes ” Carer of the Year ” Award
We all know Luana’s brilliant at what she does; it’s great to see her dedication publicly recognised. Congratulations, Luana!
28 October 2017 – Dingle’s Fairground Heritage Day
Great day at Dingle’s. We tried out all the rides and some were even quite scary!
21 October 2017 – Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary
Lovely day at the Donkey Sanctuary despite the wind almost blowing us away!!