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Our Activities and Services

PASTEL provides a wide range of social, educational & learning, leisure & recreational opportunities. These meaningful and engaing activities offer new experiences to develop people's independence skills and group working.

PASTEL provides a safe and inclusive setting, with members actively involved with deciding the programme of activities. In addition, each member has a Personal Action Plan (PAP), specifying at least three learning outcomes. The PAP is constructed with the added inputs of parent carers. It is reviewed every year to evaluate progress and develope new objectives, as appropriate.

Activities include:

 

Activity

 

Description
Art

 

 

Painting, using water-soluble paints, is used for personal expression, as a group activity eg promotional posters and in support of other artistic endeavours, eg producing a graffit wall, as part of a hip-hop theatre production.

 

Ball games,

 

 

These can be indoor such as bowls or outdoor such as rounders.

 

Cooking

 

 

This activity includes food hygiene and preparation as well as cooking and then consuming the end-result. It can also involve competing teams with quizzes and has even involved a pop-up restaurant with paying customers.

 

Computers

 

 

We use an XBox for tenpin bowling and other team and adventure games.

 

Dance

 

 

This has ranged from "street " dancing to creating their own Morris dance and public performances at local community events.

 

Day Trips

 

 

In furtherance of developing independence, local trips into town have been mixed with trips further afield bty train.

 

Drama

 

 

Drama ranges from educational role play of everyday scenarios to creating shadow puppet shows and participating in local art festivals.

 

Film making

 

 

The team created an animated video anfd their own story board, characters and dialogue to produce a 20 minutecomedy horror film entitled "Mid Suffolk Murders".

 

Gardening

 

 

This ranges from potting and planting seeds to growing a variety of flowers and vegetables in their own community garden plots.

 

Music

 

 

This is arelatively new activity involving simple percussion instruments.

 

Photography

 

 

The team have been taught the use of digital cameras to record their own activities.

 

Pottery

 

 

This activity involves making items from clay and then painting the finished items , after they've been fired in a kiln.

 

 

Combining their art, dance and drama they have put on a public performance of their own hip-hop theatre.


The cost for each 5-hour day is £20, and once enrolled members are expected to attend regularly, as they would school or college. The cost includes all workshop refreshments and materials used in sessions eg cooking ingredients.

New members can attend a free taster session, with or without their parent / carer,5

to see if it's suitable for them.

Payments can be made from Direct Payments or Personal Budget.

PASTEL does not offer medical support, personal care or one-to-one support, but clients are welcome to bring a carer / support worker to support them at the workshops.

Transport can be by local community transport or parent carer. PASTEL does not provide transport.

 


 

IT Club

Sax IT Club

Visit the Sax IT Club website, also held at the Fromus Centre.

 

SMILE Cafe

SMILE Cafe

Visit the SMILE Cafe website, also held at the Fromus Centre.