We had the opportunity for the group to take part in two different activites at Piperdam Activity Barn, it offers a range of activities for all ages. The first activity that we all participated in was fencing and this was a first for all the service users. With guidance from the instructor we all got our bodysuit, glove, face helmets on, and had a we practice at moving the correct way which actually resembled a crab walking. More confident service users supported others with clothing and the movements, which demonstrated good peer relationships within the group. Next, we got our sabre’s and had practice controlling this. Finally, it was time to pair up and have a match, which appeared to go down well with the service users. Services users found this very tiring and became very hot in the helmets which meant the matches were quite short.
The final activity was Body Zorbs, which were large inflatable balls that you climb into and only your legs and feet are out. Unfortunately, due to health reasons a couple of the service users opted to sit out of this activity but the rest were very excited to get involved. Four service users were able to participate at the one time, racing and bouncing into one another. It became apparent that there was a bit of competition to see who could run, bounce onto your stomach, upside down and then back onto your feet so it looked like a flip. This was an extremely hot and tiring activity so the service users were happy to swap over every 10 minutes. These activities were great for increasing fitness levels in the group, which was our set purpose for this session.