Spooky times at the Shepherd Centre



Some pictures from the annual Halloween disco at the Shepherd Centre and as you can see all made a fantastic effort, making for a very enjoyable afternoon.hallow16-2016hallow17-2016



Annual summer Fete 2016

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Another year another Fete raising funds for the Shepherd Centre. Service users and staff have been working hard over the last few weeks to organise a very succesful afternoon.Fete 2016 7

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Driver Brian having his knees painted with a topical theme

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Kristian ordering lunch


Presenting ‘The Voice’ Shepherd Centre style

Voice LogoOver the last few weeks the guys at the shepherd Centre have been practising their routines to compete in our version of ‘The Voice’.

All their hard work paid off as they performed in front of an invited audience, singing songs including Summer Holiday, Mamma Mia, Peggy Sue, Lets Dance, Phantom of the Opera, Green Green Grass of home and Ave Maria.

The songs were all sung brilliantly and with some pretty cool dancing.

The Judges had a hard time picking a winner and concluded that they were all winners and should all share first place.





Under the Sea


sealife titleFor the past few years the Outreach group have visited some fantastic places in London. This year the guys voted to visit Sea life on the banks of the Thames, the trip was planned for the 19th May 2016 and luckily the weather was kind to us all.


Waiting for the train

We set off from Rickmansworth station at around 9.45am. Arriving in London we stopped for a quick photo-call on Westminster Bridge.


On Westminster Bridge with Sea Life in the background

Next we had a spot of lunch in McDonalds which was conveniently situated virtually next door to Sea Life. Suitably nourished it was on to the main event ‘Sea Life’




Kristian, Lyn and Robert pose in front of the shark tank


Touching Star fish


Crocodile keeping an eye on Stuart, Nishma and Omar


Jonathan, Nigel, Gary and Noel at the Shark tank


Guys at the open tank with stingrays


You can sing under my Umbrella ella – ella – hey – hey


Due to  popular demand ‘Electric Umbrella’ and the amiable Tom Billington returned to the Shepherd Centre for another well attended concert in which everyone enjoyed a bit of singing and dancing and just having fun !

For those of you who don’t know Electric Umbrella is a music project for adults with learning disabilities and is based in Hertfordshire offering a variety of musical experiences aiming to raise the profile of learning disabilities.

See their website here Electric Umbrella










A couple of new service users arrive

Recently the Shepherd Centre welcomed two new Service Users ‘Arnie & Ian’. They have been given a penthouse suite in the corner of the Diamond lounge and are regularly fed and watered, they spend a lot of their time in their purpose-built exercise area and occasionally find themselves wrapped in cosy blankets or perched on the shoulders of staff and other service users.

Bringing a smile to everyone’s faces we wish, Arnie and Ian, the latest residents of the Shepherd Centre a happy time. Both have settled in well and are proving popular with all.

Below… Josh, Zoob,Julia & John enjoying fun with the Guinea Pigs



Louise, Andrew, Nitu & Julia help with cleaning out Ian & Arnies new home











Ian & Arnie’s Home







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Nitu, Cassie, Julia & Lyn

Ghouls, ghosts and all many of spooky happenings at the Shepherd Centre on Friday 30th October as Halloween fever took over  the staff service users.

Everyone entered into the spirit, dressing up in all manner of wacky costumes




High priestess Louise and Brian our Driver who didn’t have to make too much effort in the make up dept.


Julia, Sally & Andrew who seems to have a headache















Beetlejuice Dan and the Zoob


Josh doing the Monster Mash














Clare and develish Louisa at the Halloween disco


















Rosemary the friendly witch





“Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to Brighton”

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A day trip to Brighton on sea was arranged for the guys from the Mind Joggers group.

Even the sun came out as the gang assembled for their group photo before their bus journey to the sea front.



On the sea Front, sun still shining !


















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Time for a drink and a spot of lunch with Colin and Andrew




















Stuart and Rosemary












Hope that’s just coke !!














Barn Dance

barndance titleShepherd Centre hosted their first Barn Dance this afternoon, everybody entered into the spirit by dressing up as cowboys and cowgirls. Props including barn doors, cactus, horseshoes and even real haystacks.

Lots of Line dancing and singing with a pin the tail on the donkey competition and head through cowboy photo-call.

Everybody enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon which was organised by one of our members of Staff Cassie assisted by other staff members and service users who helped design and make all the props.













Shepherd Centre Staff


Cowboy Photo – Call


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Robert pinning tail on donkey


Andrew pinning tail on Donkey


Julia pinning tail on Donkey


Rosemary with her horse

Outing to Taplow

A group of our service users visited the Thames Valley Adventure Playground in Taplow on 19th June 2015. The playground includes specialist equipment for people with physical & learning disabilities and sensory impairments. They also have a fantastic indoor activity centre. As you can see from the pictures everyone had lots of fun! For more information please visit http://www.tvap.co.uk

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