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11 December 2018

Big Red Box

Goodwill at Christmas from Kings Church London

We would like to thank Kings Church London for their donation via the London Borough of Lewisham Family Support teams, for three large hampers to be distributed to some of our more vulnerable of service users this Christmas. The 'Big Red Box' initiative involves the community donating food to Kings Church, before being packed in a Big Red Box and then distributed to organisations who can support some of their most vulnerable service users. Thanks Kings Church London!

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26 November 2018

Tops for Tommy

Explorers Just Loving Tommy

ADO have a very popular 11th winner of their Jack Petchey Achievement Award. Our first of the new school year, the award goes to Tommy Wetton. Tommy has been mentoring down at the Mini-Explorers Preschool Nursery for at least a year and a half now and is very popular with the children.

ADO Senior Manager, Kate O'Brien,  was especially pleased Tommy had won, as his academic studies have been quite intensive at the same time as supporting his mentoring role. 

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12 October 2018

Tough Mudder

Friends of QVT

Our good friends at Quo Vardis Trust (QVT) are on another mission to raise money for Animal Therapy Services. QVT are a mental health charity providing supported housing in South East London and ADO have been partnering with the organisation for about 5 years now. As all housing charities are finding it harder to raise sufficient funding to provide activities and programmes for their residents, especially as London Borough funding has been severely cut, they are having to think outside the box to raise revenue to meet their obligations.

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27 September 2018

A New Legal Team For Sure

ADO Appoint Avensure

We are pleased to announce ADO have tied up a 5 year contract with Avensure Ltd, who become our new legal team. We have been searching for the ideal legal partners to compliment our education and healthcare services since our business re-focus in February and with Avensure we have found a team who tick all our boxes.

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27 September 2018

Village To A Town

ADO Accounts Released

Our Chartered Accountant partners RASS:Mian have signed off the 2016-2017 company year end accounts and they have been delivered and accepted by Companies House. We are pleased to see continued organic growth during this period, resulting in a turnover close to £¼ million. This means the company has moved into a different class, as an analogy, A 'village' to a 'medium sized town'!

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20 August 2018

Jobs Vacancy News & Updates

Two Job Opportunities at ADO & Updates

ADO have extended the application deadline for The Teaching Manager role required at our ADO Mini-Explorers until August 31st. We had filled this role, but due to circumstances beyond our control, this role is now available again. We also have a new Outdoor Sports Educator Apprenticeship available up for grabs.

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Need Help With Organising Your Party?

You Have Come To The Right PlaceHelp!!

Its stressful enough trying to organise an event, without quite knowing where to start! Thankfully help is at hand. We have been there and got the T-shirt when it comes to organising Animal Parties and hopefully this logical practical approach will help your decision making and ensure your event a fantastic success.

So I will hand you over to Melissa (on the right), our imaginary party organiser who has all the questions!

♦ Where Shall I Hold The Party?

We take the hassle away by offering our own venues for parties. We hold all our parties at The Healthcare and Education Centre, Poets Corner, Welling DA16 3NB. Its a 6.4 acre woodland site, with all the venue hire facilities you need to make your party a success. We take away the pain of you having to hire a venue, as our prices are all inclusive. You just turn up and we will have everything ready to rock 'n' roll for you. We can also offer an alternative party venue at our partner site in Bexley, next to the ADO Mini-Explorers Garden. ADO no longer provide mobile party services, so we won't visit home venues or third party hire venues anymore. 

♦ How Long Should the Party Be?

For a children's party, do you really want it to go on longer than 2 hours!! Most parents look for 2 hour options, which is what we specialise in. We offer 1 hour of animals, 30 minutes break where you can serve food and then a final 30 minutes of further animals or activities. For the older children or adults, the 2 hour option works well with at least 12 animals involved. If you want a 2 hour party for younger children (7 years and younger) we can provide an hour of animals and then finish with activities and games if they are too young to concentrate for longer.

♦ What Ages Do You Cater For?

 We cover all age groups from 1 to 100. We adapt and deliver our parties across all age groups. The animals don't care how old somebody is!!

♦ What Animals Can You Bring?

We bring at least 12 animals. We have a large selection to choose from, over 50 species! Once you have confirmed your booking, you can select from a list of animals and we can guide you to help choose them. We now that certain combinations of animals work for a particular age group and numbers.

♦ Can We Hold The Animals and Will They Bite?

If we get asked 'Will They Bite' one more time!!..........All animals can bite (except worms maybe), but our animals have been trained and socialised and are experienced to nearly every situation. Our animals are handled regularly and are perfectly fine with being handled. Our staff will instruct all your guests on how to hold them properly and safely. We can bring along a selection of animals that suit the age groups and numbers attending in a safe and controlled situation.

♦ Anything Else I Should Know?

Importantly we are not your average animal bloke who brings along a few of his pets! Our animals are our work colleagues and are properly cared for in a professional environment with our trained staff. We send at least two members of staff to your party and have all the correct legal cover including public liability, animal handling licensing and an animal travel license. We don't mess around, we are a professional organisation, not one man and his dog.

♦ What's Next Then? How Do I Book You?

First and foremost you need to book your preferred time and date. We get busy at weekends, so don't leave it to the last moment. On average, we book nearly a month in advance, sometimes more during peak times. Check our Online Customer Booking Calendar for a free space and then complete our Online Booking Form. Just complete as much detail as possible and we will be in touch. If you are not one of those comfortable with doing everything on a computer, give the office a ring and speak to a member of staff who can help you. We can't do anything unless the date and time are confirmed and is free to book. 

♦ Once I Have Booked, What's the Next Steps

To secure your date and to make sure you don't lose it, we ask for a deposit of 50% within 48 hours of booking. Once its booked into our events calendar and the deposit has been paid, you can be sure you won't lose the date. We can then work out the finer details and work through the options. We normally contact you 7-10 days before the party to make sure everything is still on course and that none of the details have changed. Final payment of the party is due 7 days prior to the party day.

♦ I've Heard You Can Arrange Invites and Party Bags

Organising invites and party bags can be a right pain, when you already have so much to do. Yes, we can provide you with some A5 standard animal-themed invites where all you have to do is write the name of your guests. We can provide Sweet Cones or our Party Bags are great value too and packed with animal and wildlife themed gifts and sweets. 

♦ Anything Else?

With parties being held at our Poets Corner venue, we can also offer to arrange for a local food delivery from one of our local delivery companies. We can also offer drink refereshments (water and squash - no limit), so you don't have to worry about bringing kiddy drinks. All these little extras for a small nominal fee. 

♦ Venue Hire

If you want to hire our venue after the animal party, we can offer up to another 2 hours of hire, if you want to extend your celebration. So that's 2 hours of animal encounters and then 2 hours where you can use the facilities for your own use.

♦ Ticking Your Boxes

So that's about it. Hopefully we have ticked a few of your boxes when trying to organise your special event or celebration. Just in case we have missed something out, simply call the office and have a good chat with one of our staff.

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ADO Services (ADO) is the trading name of Animal Days Out C.I.C., a Not For Profit Community Interest Company

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We offer Educational and Therapeutic Services with a theme of animals, wildlife, nature, outdoor activities and adventure. To find out more about any of our services please call our team during office hours and we will be pleased to discuss your requirements in confidence.
 
 
 
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We are a Not-For-Profit Community Interest Company with the aim to provide educational, therapeutic and recreational opportunities for children, young people and adults with a wide theme of animals, wildlife, nature and outdoor activities - adventure

Our Services Complement Individuals, Groups, Parents and Professionals

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