In July, young people from the Futures department united with other services across Chailey Heritage Foundation for the annual Celebration Day festivities. This year, the theme was ‘Our Planet’ and Futures’ theme was 'Polar'.
Preparations involved the young people making blue and white hanging decorations, penguins, sensory ice cubes with different textures and icebergs.
The purpose of the day is to celebrate the achievements the young people have made throughout the year. Although we were unable to have a formal awards presentation, one young person gained an award for his progress this year with his physical mobility, his switch driving and his innowalk use at the gym. Well done, Ross! See more here.
We joined the parade across site, stepping into lots of different worlds as we passed through the ecosystem gazebos for the jungle, sea, polar and desert. Following this, we gathered in the Futures garden for a really yummy lunch. Our Housekeepers had made a fantastic spread, including a stunning igloo cake and the garden was decked out with a yeti, bunting and metallic streamers.
Once we’d feasted and let our food go down, we used the specially designed slingshot to launch cream pies at a life-size polar bear cut-out. The wind wasn’t always in our favour, but the young people were encouraged with lots of cheering. We came to an end when the polar bear had cream all over his nose and face (good shot!!).
It had been a great day and the weather was certainly not arctic!