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17 May 2018

Preschool Roundhouse Opening

James Brokenshire MP Opens Roundhouse

The ADO Mini-Explorers children, staff and parents had a very special guest on Friday 11th May, when Old Bexley and Sidcup MP, James Brokenshire and his lovely wife Cathy, visited the Preschool for the official opening of our Roundhouse. We would like to thank James for taking time out of his very busy schedule in his new role in government as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, to support us as a local community focussed company.

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04 May 2018

Top 20 in London

Our Tots Top Again!

ADO Mini-Explorers Preschool Nursery has recently been awarded a 'Top 20 Recommended Nursery (London) 2018' honour by the industry leading website www.daynurseries.co.uk. The daynurseries.co.uk Top 20 Nursery Awards 2018 highlight the most recommended nurseries in each region of the UK. The awards are based on over 50,000 reviews from parents-individuals responsible for a child who attends a nursery.

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02 May 2018

A Production Line of Talent

All Rounder Tatiana Gets Awarded

Oh yes! Its a production line of young talent here at ADO, as we recently had our 8th Jack Petchey Achievement Award winner. This time the award was presented for mentoring down at our ADO Mini-Explorers Preschool. Well done Tatiana Holland-Clarke, voted by her peers at the Preschool for being very helpful, great fun and more importantly helps the children with their art and cooking projects. 

Senior Manager Kate O'Brien mentioned, " Tatiana is an extremely valued mentor within ADO and we are so pleased she is able to share her expertise with the Mini-Explorers." 

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20 April 2018

Another Achievement Winner

Lewis Sticks To His Tasks To Become A Winner

We are pleased to announce that our 7th Jack Petchey Achievement Award winner is Lewis Stickings. Voted by his peers, Lewis has been Mr Dependable for at least a year now, volunteering on a Saturday to be a key member of the animal care team. Lewis always turns up, yes even when we had thick snow recently, working the Saturday session at both Poets Corner and at the main office, cracking on with his job come rain or shine. Recently completing two weeks of work experience at ADO, Lewis, currently studying at Hadlow Animal Management College, would like to work towards becoming a Marine Biologist eventually. He's pretty handy at catching the Guinea Pigs, so marine life should be easy-peasy! He has pledged his prize money towards building a new custom made enclosure for Bertha, ADO's enormous Burmese Python. Well done Lewis, a top man!

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20 April 2018

Legend Bob Passes Away

Bob Finally Says Goodbye To Us All

When it comes to legends, Bob the Bearded Dragon was up there with the most popular animals we have ever had working with us here at ADO. Sadly he passed away yesterday evening in his sleep. 

Bob joined us at the very beginning of Animal Days Out and was part of the first ever set of animals we purchased. He was already 5-6 years old in 2011, so he must have been probably 13 years old at the end. A fine innings for a Bearded Dragon!

He was very popular and with his late partner Betty, they were a great double act at events, meeting thousands of people during their formative years and helping many children, young people and adults overcome fears and giving them confidence.. He sired over 30 baby Bearded Dragons with Betty, out living some of them. 

Bob will never be forgotten. RIP Bob. 

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29 March 2018

Silly Sally By Name, Silly Sally By Nature!

Go Fund Me For Sally

Our beautiful therapy horse Silly Sally recently obtained a serious wound which has required around the clock care. Although Sally is on the mend, she still requires treatment, which has all proven to be very costly. As we are a small Not For Profit Community Interest Company, we have set up the Go Fund Me page to try and help cover some of Sally's vet bills and enable us to continue to provide the best possible care for her and get her well again for the benefit of the children, young people and adults that access her through equine therapy.

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Dan's The Man!

We have mentioned in the past about our Young Mentor Dan Birmingham, 13 and his Jack Petchey Award, but now he has been chosen by the Jack Petchey Organisation as the subject of a special case study for his achievements and fundraising for Mental Health Awareness. Dan has volunteered for ADO all Summer at various Community Events and is a valued member of the team now.

Here is the official press release from Jack Petchey Organisation highlighting Dan's achievements.

This summer, Animal Days Out (ADO) presented their first ever Achievement Awards since joining the scheme earlier this year. ADO provides recreational, educational and therapeutic opportunities for young people with animals, wildlife and nature. Their sessions are geared to both mainstream and Special Educational Needs (SEN) members.

Daniel Birmingham, aged 13, was chosen to be one of the first Achievement Award winners at the organisation. Dan has been attending the afterschool club for over three years and became an ADO mentor two years ago. As a mentor, he plays an important role in helping the staff to lead the group through various activities and programmes. Dan now frequently assists at the ADO holiday clubs, often attending from 8am-6pm because he enjoys being part of the team and having responsibilities.

The primary reason for Dan receiving the club’s first ever Jack Petchey Achievement Award is because of how helpful and welcoming the younger children find him. ADO have many children accessing their services who may only attend for one day, but that is usually all it takes for them to make a new friend in Dan. During the peer nomination process, he received the most amount of votes.

Reasons as to why Dan should win the award included:

"I find Dan the most helpful person, because when I got bitten by an ant Dan looked after me and took me to the leader"

"Dan is silly and makes me laugh when I feel sad, which helps me feel happy"

 "Dan is helpful because he made me feel better when I fell over."

On top of Dan’s achievements and progression within ADO, he also showed a caring and supportive side of himself, when he found out that one of the members of staff had lost a family member due to mental illness. Dan felt a great deal of empathy for them and organised a secret charity bike ride in their honour. He cycled for 20 miles, raising over £400 for a mental health charity! For this, he was also nominated by a staff member for the Pride of Britain Award.

Daniel decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award on a wide selection of gardening tools for ADO’s mainstream and SEN members to use during conservation activities in the local area.

Congratulations on your award Dan and keep up the good work!

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