martin service user sadly passed away( Mr cappuccino) RIP
What a exciting day we had. We Knew the cameras were coming in today and have been sorting out the Centre to accommodate them. Half an hour before they get there, a company we have been waiting for to turn up for months, to do some revamp work on our building actually came today...yeay!...erm...quick explanation was in order and I had to leave them to it to decide what there first job was going to be! We were told the camera peeps would stay all day. So me being me tried to be all organized, I wrote out a order of what should be filmed when and where and who should be in the shots...well that all went out the window. The two really lovely ladies turned up and said they could only stay one hour and forty five minutes....eeeekk!
Plan b was put in action...wing it! The buzz created in the Centre because the plan was gone, was electric. I had to phone people up who were set to come after lunch and ask if they could get there NOW!! It was chaos but in a good way. Everyone was laughing and having fun. We got some great photo's and lots of film that we were doing ourselves.Lisa and Teresa had set up arts and crafts which got filmed right away. They made some lovely Christmas gifts...which incidentally are now on sale. I am so proud of how everyone pulled together and got on with it. Just as I thought we'd cracked it with a new plan, the electrician turned up who we'd been waiting for to repair a lighting problem. We needed the lights so let him get on with it.
"Where should we film now" said Kate the camera woman. Lorenzo's fabulous art course. So off we trot into the art room and was faced with electrician man up a ladder right in the way!!....OooooKay!!...Andy the story teller it is then!!
Jackie our shop manageress had spent weeks sorting out all our stock and with the help of a few others, she emptied the back room which had been a total mess and I mean a really big total mess!!. I wanted this cleared (and yes I helped too) so we could use it as it was intended and that was to be a quiet, relaxing space where our office is and the quiet corner. Andy the story teller was set up in here and ready to be filmed. I quickly shot back into the front room to gather people to sit around and listen. He had prepared a short story, I didn't expect the whole thing to be filmed, but he was so engaging with everyone, the whole thing was captured....If we win the money, he is going to be a part of our weekly activities.
After the story, I opened the door in hope that the electrician was gone and ....yeay he had! phew! on to Lorenzo's art course. This was hilarious. Lorenzo had set up easels with already finished paintings on and they had to pretend to paint. Mostly they did a great job of this but looking at the delicately painted pictures on the easels and seeing our lot whooshing the brush all over it was funny....you had to be there! This is a brilliant art course and one we intend to put on as soon as we get funding. It is a therapy art course all about discovering yourself. I went on it to see if it was right for us and was blown away by it. This one will be great for parents and carers that feel they have lost themselves from being a mum of a child/adult with disabilities....I've been there, I know how hard it can be!
Once that was finished it was back into the front room and filming of more activities. Amanda was there with her jewellery making and there were shots of table top football, Yu-Gi-Oh, computer work and people just having fun. Kate had interviewed Fee and Amanda and was very impressed with what they had to say....I have to wait until 25th of Nov to find out exactly what that was. I had my interview...I have to say, she who loves to chat and loves the camera, just thought...OMG....OMG....OMG...don't forget anything important, don't look away from the interviewer, Don't lick the front of your teeth ( a habit of mine) do smile, do emphasise all the right things....so, consequently, I can't remember one thing I said...I have to wait for the 25th to find out that too! Then came the group shot, we all stood around the art table in our front room and we capture what I think was a great ending to our film. So yes, a great day with great people of who I was extremely proud to be a part of the team.