Zeno designs bespoke weekly programmes for all supported people, based on our holistic philosophy.
A typical weekly programme includes two walks in the wider community. These walks take place in locations like Delamere Forest and the Peak District, to name two of our favourites! The walks are dependent on the fitness of the individual; it’s important our supported people are always comfortable so they enjoy themselves. The walks are group-based, and with three different groups out at any one time, there’s a social aspect to the day. The groups interact whilst they walk, so supported people spend quality time together.
Also included in the weekly programme is a swimming activity. This has a dual purpose: both the sensory experience of being in moving water, and the physical exercise involved are beneficial.
We currently use three small pools including Vesta Car Hydrotherapy Centre. They have developed hydro pools specifically for supported people with a learning disability and/or autism. Their environments can be altered to meet individual’s specific needs, thanks to fully controllable lighting and water movement with bubbles and jet-streams.
We also work closely with Jump Space and have three scheduled sessions a week exclusively for Zeno supported people to enjoy their trampolines and sensory environments.
We want all of our supported people to be as independent as possible during a session, with specific opportunity and learning plans looking at choice and access to all of the equipment.
During a group session, supported people will have their own support staff with them at all times. This means that they have supervised access to the variety of equipment on offer, alongside people they know and trust.
Zeno supported people access the community six out of seven days a week. A typical Saturday trip could involve exploring a National Trust Park, or picnicking at the beach with housemates.
When setting up any new activity for a supported person, we will cater to the needs of our supported people. We consider both their personal goals and their individual holistic needs.
Many of our supported people spend time with horses, this can involve horse riding, moving with the horses, grooming horses, learning to control the horse, and sometimes entering dressage competitions.
During the summer months, we run relaxing boat day trips for supported people. This is a very therapeutic experience, given the calm and relaxing environment and the scenic views.