Open Door Activities

Creating Opportunities For Life for Adults With A Learning Disability

Open Door was established in 1987 and provides daycare for Adults With A Learning Disability covering a wide range of abilities.

Each Service User is assessed on their ability in all areas and from this an Individual Programme is developed. We offer a one in five staff ratio in all our activities and when necessary this can be increased.

Open Door has a sub committee, which meets on a monthly basis; matters to be discussed are brought to the executive committee.


Open Door adhere to

The ethos of Open door is for each individual to be given the opportunity to use community based activities and gain individual independence.

Activities comprise of the following:

HISTORY – Exploring the historical places of interest in the surrounding area.

SOCIAL AWARENESS – held within community settings and work on social & monetary skills.

LITERACY – Individuals develop their literacy skills in order to gain independence within the community.

AFRICAN DRUMMING – To explore music through the use of percussion instruments.

SIGHT & SOUND – To develop listening & recognition skills.

CRAFT – Individuals are encouraged to work with various mediums, using their creative ability and imagination to produce finished articles, sometimes separately and at others as a group project.

ART – for individuals to express themselves through using paint, chalk, crayons, pencils etc-.

STAGE CRAFT – to use various mediums in order to produce scenery & props for the Making music/Musical Theatre productions.

NATURE STUDY – To explore the wide variety and diversity of local natural settings.

NEEDLEWORK – Using various creative mediums to produce finished projects.

MUSICAL THEATRE – Learning many aspects of drama, dance & music. Culminating in various productions held throughout the year.

CREATIVE DANCE – Individuals learn to express themselves through music & dance held at the Contemporary Dance Studio.

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP SKILLS - To enhance the awareness of individuals in all aspects of their personal lives, dealing with social graces, social skills, learning to have their own opinions on matters that are important to them as individuals and organizing their own outings. The group have taken part and completed the O.C.N ‘Training for Change Course’ gaining both entry and Level 1 Certificates.

All held at Summerfields Sports Centre.


Open Door ActivitiesWORK EXPERIENCE – Supporting
Service Users in various work based Placements; these currently being: UFOSA Charity Shop, Under 5 Nursery, work experience at St Johns, MIND, P.D.S.A. Charity Shop and Hastings & Bexhill Mencap Charity Shop.

N.V.Q. – Availability to complete N.V.Q’s

HASTINGS COLLEGE – Service users can apply to join the supportive education unit participating in various courses.

NATIONAL TRUST – We are Members of the National Trust and During the summer months we
Organize various outings to places of interest.

ACTIVE ARTS – Service Users can apply to join this project based on all the arts.

HOLIDAY – An annual holiday is organized by Open Door and the holiday destination is chosen by our members.


Special Olympics


Our Service Users participate in various events organized by Hastings & Rother S.O. i.e. Swimming Gala, Sports Day, Football Tournament & Cricket Matches.

Open Door ActivitiesThrough involvement with Hastings & Rother S.O.individuals can have the opportunity for selection to represent the U.K at the SPECIAL OLYMPICS in European and World Games.

One of our Services Users qualified for the European Special Olympic Games, held in Groningen, Holland in May 2000, achieving a BRONZE MEDAL in the 200 metres and a personal best in the Shot Put.

In 2001 8 of our members took part in the Summer Games held in Cardiff, achieving 1 Bronze Medal, 5 Silver Medals & 1 Gold Medal. 4 of our members went to Dublin & took part in the Pre World Special Olympic Games Gaining 2 Gold Medals & 4 Bronze. 2 of our members qualified to take part in the World Games held in Dublin in 2003.

In July 2005 14 members took part in the National Summer Games in Glasgow. This year 14 members took part in the National Summer Games in Leicester. Having had the most amazing time, truly a once in a lifetime experience.

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