Thank you for your interest in and support of The Turning Tides Project this year. If you have time, take a few minutes away from the Christmas chaos and check out the Christmas tracks that have been written and recorded in Turning Tides sessions in the last few weeks - you'll find them right here on the Blog page of our website, on our Soundcloud page or head on over to Vimeo.
Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. We already have a few adventures planned for 2015 and look forward to you joining us. In fact, if you are bored on Boxing Day click this link and read this page to find out what's coming soon.
with love from Jane and all at The Turning Tides Project
We had our Christmas party at the Whitehouse Restaurant on Tuesday. It was really good fun! We enjoyed the awful jokes in the crackers. The food was really nice and the staff worked really hard to make sure we all had a good time. Many thanks to them. The music quiz was really good fun too. we had a really good time with all our mates and it was nice to have Margarets sister, Jane and Mary there too.
Thursday was a relaxing, laid back evening in the pub. Nice company, good atmosphere with amazing Christmas decorations too!
What a great start to EPIC! we are looking forward to a brand new year having more fun with our friends. Merry Christmas and happy new year from all of us at EPIC.
Here's some of the most awful cracker jokes for you... How do you make gold soup? put nine carrots in it... what do you call someone who makes clothes for rabbits? A hare dresser... Why are fish easy to weigh? because they have their own scales.
Written by Ross and Paula
The festive mood was certainly in the air at the Pavilion in the Park in Okehampton this afternoon. We sang and played along to various Christmas favourites and even recorded our version of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'.
Over the past few weeks the group have been creating their own Christmas songs which we put onto CDs today, and each person designed a cover for their own CD. There were some beautiful designs. Next week, Monday 22nd, is our last session before Christmas and we are inviting people to join us at the Pavilion at 3pm. The group will be showcasing some of their work so come and have a mince pie and see what we've been up to. Have a preview by listening to 'Santa's Coming' which was written and created by the group.
This week the EPIC gang has had lots of fun. Tuesday evening last week some of us went off to the cinema to see Penguins of Madagascar - a very funny film enjoyed by all. We then went off to the Kings Arms for a drink and a chat about what everyone wants to do next month.
On Thursday evening we hung out at the Pavilion in the Park. It was Paula's birthday so we encouraged all her friends to get together for a celebration and an evening of Christmas craft making. Jennifer made Paula an amazing birthday cake. It was absolutely delicious! Everyone enjoyed getting creative and we even sang some Christmas songs too.
The Friday gone we were off to a local coffee morning and browsing the shops for more Christmas goodies. Really getting into the Christmas spirit and just loving being EPIC!
Written by Vicky Hooper, published by Dom Palfreman
Today The Turning Tides Project invited Just4Funk to join us for a days street dancing workshop with our Okehampton College Gang. We had a brilliant day putting together spins and shapes and cool stuff! (Thank you Matt and Ollie). We've made a film of the routines we worked on - Once we've edited it, it'll be the video that goes with our Christmas song: it's called 'Rapping up Christmas. 'Rapping up Christmas was written by the group in a couple of hours over the last few weeks. Today we recorded it - and here's your chance to hear it first....
Listen out for Lewis's cool sax sound effects, Viktor's Beat boxing, Ben's Cahon playing and Jo's awesome pentatonic key board improvisation. The idea for the song was Oliver's and we all wrote and performed a verse. What a great way to spend Natalie's Birthday - Happy birthday Natalie!
Written by Jane Williams, published by Dominic
Today The Turning Tides Crediton Arts session have decorated a tree at Lords Meadow Leisure Centre.
The tree was kindly donated by Tuckers and is now dressed to the nines in a glorious array of the hand-made decorations that we made from Scrap Store treasure. Some decorations include our new smart bar code (which we got quite excited about last week). We're wondering if we can make it into a design for a Christmas jumper so if anyone fancies trying that for us we'd be chuffed! If you're coming down to the Leisure Centre help yourself to one of our leaflets.
We've also just recorded our Christmas song: Reindeer Sleigh, on it's way. You can check out the recording here but why not drop down to the leisure a centre at 3:00pm on a Friday 19th December and join us for a live performance, some Christmas nibbles and some festive singing around the tree. Look forward to seeing you!
Written by Jane Williams, Published by Dominic
The launched of EPIC took place last month - EPIC aims to be part of the community and stands simply for Empowered People In the Community.
Being involved in the community is important to us at EPIC and is something many of us take for granted. It is where we work, socialise and indulge in our interests. It enables us all to develop friendships and relationships and gives us a sense of belonging. With better and equal access to the community we hope that the people we support will feel confident, valued, independent, empowered citizens who have greater choice and control of their own lives. In turn we hope this will have a positive effect our community too. By adopting the social model approach we hope to reduce barriers, challenge discrimination and encourage inclusion.
To find out more head on over the the EPIC page.
Written by Vicky and Jan, published by Dominic