Paradise offers a homely, productive, sociable and caring environment, which favours an integrated approach that builds self-esteem, confidence, social competence, personal development and independence for every individual according to their needs and abilities. Accredited education is provided within a range of art, craft and horticulturally based activities along with opportunities for work experience placements for residents who are more independent. Participation in all of these activities can lead to AQA qualifications, which recognise both developed and emerging skills.
“There were many activities on offer for people living at Paradise House both in the home and in the local community. People had the choice of 19 workshops to choose from.” Care Quality Commission 2016
Onsite activities include
A pottery, art room and craft and textiles workshops, Tai chi aerobics and dance, music and singing, computers, literacy and numeracy, baking workshops, miniature Shetland pony grooming and care, work experience in the on site café
Supervised access to the internet and email is also provided by way of the various IT suites located within the Paradise homes.
“People were supported to undertake meaningful activities, which reflected their interests.” Care Quality Commission 2016
Offsite activities include
Aqua aerobics, swimming, horse-riding, work experience, visiting the local gym, visiting places of interest, Zumba, local adult social club , personal shopping. visits to the library, educational excursions based on workshop projects and special interests, visits to nearby pubs, cinemas and local events.
Festivals and Events
Festival celebrations such as Michaelmas, Christmas, Easter and Whitsun are also part of community life at Paradise House and at least once a year, small holidays are organised which cater for varying friendships, abilities and interests.
“People were encouraged to gain qualifications and take part in work experience. Paradise House had a café in the grounds where people could bake cakes, make coffees and interact with people.” Care Quality Commission 2016
Paradise also has the Eden Café which is a property within the Paradise estate which serves as a communal meeting place where staff, residents and their visitors are able to socialise and entertain in an area outside of their own homes. It includes a social area with an exhibition space to display residents’ workshop performances, and a DVD cinema lounge. The café is run by the Cafe Manager, care and education staff to support work experience in a safe environment where cookery and baking workshops provide meals and refreshments for planned visitors, friends, family members, visiting professionals, residents and staff.