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Activity has been the watchword at Acacia Hall these past few months. We are all about integrated education, so it’s been great to see such a wide and varied range of activities taking place.

Though, like everyone else, we have been affected by Covid restrictions, we have still managed to arrange for our young people to keep very busy.

We even managed to hold a carnival, in place of our usual graduation celebration to mark the academic year. Everyone pulled together for the event, which we wanted to hold because of how well our youngsters had coped with the restrictions in place.

Key workers and teachers made videos and posters to mark individual achievements, which were played in a ‘virtual’ graduation ceremony, followed by a pop concert organized by our therapy team. Games were then held on the field, with everyone able to attend – arrangements were made to ensure even those shielding could take part without risk. We even gave out goodie bags!

And speaking of ‘virtual’ events, we held our very own Acaciabury Festival over Glastonbury weekend, with all the youngsters getting into the swing of things.

Two of our young people also had very special days out – staff supported one young man on a trip to Gulliver’s World once restrictions had been eased; he proved the perfect observer of social distancing and an expert mask wearer! Another young lady spent her birthday at the local animal park, helping keepers feed the animals (we even arranged a unicorn cake for her return).

On top of all that, we even found time for a change of colour scheme at Anam Cara. Everyone joined in and learned a new skill too!

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