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Our Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) group enjoyed a treat day after winning a special prize in a neurodiversity competition, coinciding with the end of their exams

Last week, our Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) Group – led by Functional Skills Trainer Allison Cuthbertson – enjoyed a full day of treats thanks to a special monetary prize awarded by a neurodiversity competition. The trip coincided with the end of some important exams completed by the trainees – and it was the perfect way for everybody to relax and reap the benefits of all their hard work!

Picture-perfect photography session

Allison says: “We set off for our trip at around 10:15 in the morning and followed the Ale Trail through the city, but we didn’t go into any of the pubs on the way.

“Instead, the group worked in teams of three to capture some artsy photographs of the city.

“Task one was to follow the map of the Ale Trail and lead us through the city stopping to take photographs on the way.

“Task two was to find some specific items on the route and take artistic photographs.  Although the groups all walked the route together, the pictures they took were very different!”.

Luscious lunch at Trinity Market

The final task of the day was to choose what to have for lunch! The group planned to get to Trinity Market in time for lunch and each person was allocated some money to buy their own food and drink; they counted the money out themselves and returned a receipt and change afterward.

Allison says: “The range of food available at Trinity Market was immense!

“It was interesting to see what each trainee selected as it showed the different tastes of the young people: pizza, bacon sandwiches, sausage sandwiches, wraps, and salads.

“The group also bought their own drinks – mostly tea, cans of pop, or bottles of water. Some of the young people even managed to get a pudding with their money. Prize money well spent!”

Ending the day

The average step count for the day was well over 7,000 steps per person – the physical exertion and fresh air certainly wore our trainees out! They discovered many new sights in Hull, a small dose of history, and had the opportunity to harness and show off their photography skills.

Allison says: “When we returned to CASE, all the trainees were very tired, so rather than do any work we played board games. A great end to the day!”.

Making the most of our trip

The following day, the group continued the fun by picking their favourite photographs for each category and voting on the team’s choices.

Allison says: “Team A was Lewis, Ethan, and Kate. They won technically, but the other teams were allocated points by Mark (General Manager) so everybody was a winner!

“They then continued to work in their teams to do a quiz all about Hull and what they learned about the city the day before.

“Did you know the oldest pub in Hull is The Old Black Boy which was first opened in 1729, and the Land of Green Ginger is named after a Winifred Holtby novel?”

There is still some money left in the kitty so there will be more celebrations during the last week of term. Hurrah!

What is the neurodiversity competition?

Hull City Council, along with Hull Culture and Leisure and the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank celebrated Neurodiversity Celebration Week in March by inviting young people to take part in a competition celebrating neurodiversity.

Neurodiversity Celebration Week took place from March 21–27 this year. The week is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about autism and learning disabilities.

A judging panel was chaired by Councillor Aneesa Akbar who chose the individual three winners. They will received cash prizes of £75, £50 or £25 and the educational establishment with the overall best entries received £250 from the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank to go towards celebrating Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2023.

The judges were so impressed with our contribution they awarded us a £75 prize.

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