Learning disabilities and leisure time…

We really are so lucky to live where we live.  With the New Forest National Park barely a hop away and sandy beaches within walking distance of all our homes, there is no better place to offer recreational activities and experiential learning to those whom we support.

Nestled between the tourist hub of Bournemouth, the coastal harbour of Lymington, the ancient priory town of Christchurch on our doorstep.  The range of things that our residents do, therefore, is diverse.  From horse riding to flying a light aircraft, from water skiing to horticulture–just some of the activities that our residents have enjoyed.

And that’s the most incredible aspect of living where we live.  There is something for everyone, activities both active and passive.  Oceanarium, tree canopy walks and zip lining, fun fairs, picnics at music festivals such as the annual jazzy Stompin’ on the Quomps, the Air Festival with planes old and new cutting through the skies above us.  Gentle strolls through deer-filled forest or along the beach.  From achieving dreams to simply enjoying time to be, to breathe sea air and sit a while looking out over the ocean to Old Harry’s Rocks and beyond.

Perhaps nothing reveals so much about individuals as how they choose to play – how they invest their time and energy for leisure time.  Leisure is that time free from demands or activities of daily living.  Everyone needs regular recreation that develops skills, promotes good health, relieves stress, facilitates social interactions, and provides a general joy for living. ––Regina Cicci, Ph.D. [Developing Recreational Skills in Persons with Learning Disabilities]


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Image via Bournemouth Air Festival

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