21 Sep 2021
Apuldram Supported Living currently provides support for up to thirty individuals with a learning disability, living in Chichester and the surrounding area. Their services are designed to enable people to maintain and develop their independent living skills. They offer a range of accommodation options, from shared housing with or without sleep-in cover, to self-contained accommodation or living at home. The staff work with people to help them live the life they want; encouraging and supporting them to build social networks, and to work towards personal goals such as learning to look after their home or getting a job.
The Day Centre provides a Monday to Friday service that enables working age adults with learning disabilities to take part in a wide range of occupationally focussed and enterprising activities. Trainees can choose which areas of work they prefer to be involved with and these include horticulture, cookery, woodwork, arts and crafts and shop/café. In addition throughout the work-orientated day’s activities such as sport, drama, music, fitness and community based projects. The Centre is staffed by a dedicated and team of instructors and supported by volunteers.
Over the past eighteen months Chichester Cinema has been looking at ways to bring the magic of film to those who may not be able to attend regular screenings; with the aim of including the broadest possible range of interest and ages within the community. As a registered charity one of our key aims is to ensure that all of our outreach work promotes and improves well being and stronger links with the local community. Beginning with Cinema in a Box taking film and cake into care homes once a month, we then developed birthday surprise boxes for The Snowdrop Trust and have now extended the concept into a monthly cinema club for The Apuldram Centre.
Chichester Cinema at New Park approached the team to see what we might be able to offer as part of the leisure activities and following discussions with the team leaders the trustees decided to roll out another version of cinema in a Box; this time it was a picnic lunch and a private showing.
Once a month, generally on a Monday, the cinema will screen a film of their choice in the Main Auditorium. For many of the young people attending, a cinema with comfortable seats and all the surrounding atmosphere, is not something that they would usually be able to experience, and it was evident that for a couple of hours they had felt like very special and important people. The first screening took place in September and after enjoying The Greatest Showman they were each handed a delicious picnic box, supplied by Splits Bakery which included a striped circus tent box and iced ring donuts covered in sprinkles.
Next month it‘s Halloween, Ghostbusters and definitely more donuts, because they were voted ‘the greatest thing ever’ by everyone!