QE2 Activity Centre, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), provides activity opportunities for people with additional needs in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving conditions of life.
It does this through the provision of facilities, activity sessions and day services for people with disabilities and their families and carers.
Although the CIO was established in 2018 QE2 Activity Centre was founded (as Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre) in 1978. Over the course of forty years the Centre has established itself as one of the leading providers of activity opportunities for people with additional needs.
During 2019 QE2 Activity Centre provided over 4000 day service places for adults with learning disabilities from Southampton and Hampshire.
Five dedicated day service staff, supplemented by activity staff, provide this service enabling up to eighty people per week to attend. Activities are designed to help team members develop independent living skills and work skills, through a combination of onsite gardening, catering and domestic activities supplemented with a healthy dose of outdoor pursuits.
The day service provides a person-centred programme with activities designed to promote work and living skills. Our day service aims to be stimulating, challenging and fun; a place to meet others and make new friends; a place to learn new skills that will help every day; a place to have the opportunity to try new things; a place to spend time enjoying the countryside; an environment that is safe and a place to take part in activities that contribute to lifelong learning and good health.
During 2019 QE2 Activity Centre provided around eight thousand adventure activity experiences for visitors with additional needs and their carers.
Each week we have around 40 bookings from local special schools, care homes, other day services and individuals. These groups visit each week throughout the year, giving the opportunity for participants to develop skills in these activities.
Visitors took part in a variety of activities including:
- Motorboat trips, canoeing and kayaking on the Hamble River
- Orienteering, bushcraft and nature study in the Country Park
- Zipwire, ropes course and team problem solving
- Recreational tree climbing
- Indoor climbing, archery and rifle shooting
During 2019 QE2 Day Services organised two holidays for team members. The first was a sailing holiday on the Le Havre Pilot Cutter Jolie Brise; and second a trip to Sandy Balls at Fordingbridge, for less active participants.
These holidays give participants the opportunity to put into practice independent living skills they have learned while at the day service.
Out and about
QE2 Activity Centre has been getting out and about, spreading the word about what we do. Staff and volunteers have attended events at Growfest, Lowford Community Centre, Tesco Bursledon and various schools.
Our display materials have been enhanced this year by Lloyd, a student at Treloar College, Alton, who carried out an internship at the Centre during which he produced some new leaflets, together with new advertising banners, seen here with their real life models!
Community is important to QE2 Activity Centre, we like to get involved and we like to involve others!
Over the years many local companies have supported the Centre through carrying out community volunteering days. This year that has included staff from Office of National Statistics, Zurich Insurance, HSBC and Estee Lauder.
Our local Tesco stores adopted QE2 Activity Centre as one of their Bags for Life charities and we also had generous donations from Masonic Lodge Southampton 394 and Inner Wheel of Hamble.
To celebrate their third birthday local web design company Steadfast Collective offered a deserving charity a new website. Steadsfast chose QE2 Activity Centre from 50 local good causes who applied. Thanks to all these organisations for their help and support
The QE2 Activity Centre staff team comprises Phil Oates (manager), Kerry Lees (senior instructor), Marie Poore (day service manager), Caroline Southgate and Tracy Puttock (bubble chiefs), Jackie Swann, Ollie Carr, Mira El Khaddamova, Michelle Horne, Shay Havenhand, Iveta Burian (day service co-workers), and Rob Stokes (instructors), Jen Pearce (secretary) and Simon Rex (cleaner).
- thanks to all the staff who work so hard to make every day special
- thanks to all the volunteers and committee members who give their time, effort and energy
- thanks to the grant making trusts who have contributed to our Gold Building appeal
- thanks to all the local companies who have made donations or given their time to support QE2 Activity Centre
- thanks to Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council and Eastleigh Borough Council for their continued help and support
- thanks to all the parents, carers and care workers who support our visitors
- most of all, thanks to everyone who has visited QE2 Activity Centre this year to take part in activities, and day services