Barnabas is a lively, sociable day opportunity setting for adults with a disability. It is a place where people can meet and make new friends, acquire new skills and enjoy a wide range of experiences.
We support based on their interests and abilities, for example trips to Marwell Zoo and Waltzing Water Spectacular on the Isle of Wight which enables students to experience new environments and sensations.
The emphasis is on choice, flexibility and spontaneity; each day a variety of activities are on offer which people can participate in as part of a group or on an individual basis. These include music, arts and crafts, cookery, gardening, fitness training, swimming and drama.
A popular activity at Barnabas is when students spend the morning preparing and cooking their own lunch. All students get involved, whatever their level of ability is, and have the personal satisfaction of cooking for themselves. More able students can chop vegetables conventionally, or assist in the kitchen. Students with limited movement or dexterity can power electrical equipment such as a blender to make pastry or a sauce. Many students have been adventurous in their meal choices making food from around the world and trying out new taste sensations.
Barnabas works in partnership with the National Trust at Kingston Lacy and a small group of students and staff have been working on an allotment and been successful in growing tomatoes, lettuces, onions, green beans and courgettes. All the produce is sold and proceeds benefit the centre.
In the summer season there are opportunities for all students to get out in the community at lot more – whether that is taking advantage of schemes such as sailing with Sailability, carriage riding at Holton Lee or a boat trip around Poole Harbour. Staff also organise activities and outings for those they support based on their interests and abilities, for example trips to Marwell Zoo and Waltzing Water Spectacular on the Isle of Wight which enables students to experience new environments and sensations.
Students also go for swimming sessions at local public pools and Langside school to enable students who wish to, to swim once a week, and some students take part in wheelchair aerobics or tai chi.
Facilities at Barnabas include a hot tub, Graduate Acheeva physio bed, sensory room, computers and internet access, main hall with stage, physiotherapy room, adapted bathrooms and kitchen.
Staff are trained to support students with a range of health needs including individual physiotherapy programmes, administration of oxygen, medication, PEG feeding and suction. Recruitment processes set out in the CQC National Minimum Standards are followed, so all staff are reference checked and undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before they start work at the centre.
Barnabas students are usually funded from either Health (Continuing Healthcare) or Social Services, after an individual assessment of their needs. A smaller number of people receive money from Social Services in the form of a Direct Payment and choose to spend their payment buying a service from Barnabas.