We did a tour of the Ramsgate Tunnels which was fascinating to learn all about how the tunnels were built and saved lives during the second world war. It was really, really interesting and Gemma worked really hard to interpret all the information. The tour guide was very deaf (and blind aware for Yasha) and was able to adjust the tour accordingly. They provided us with extra strong torches to light the interpreter and help with Yasha's Ushers. The tour had a huge impact on the group and they all really enjoyed it.
We also took a boat tour along the coastline to Broadstairs which was so nice to be out on the water. The group did all want to swim in the sea but it was too cold for most of them. But one of the group was brave enough to go for a nice long swim!
We had time to go to the beach and have enjoy an ice cream before heading home. And everyone got safely home at the end of the day.
On the whole, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I think it had a huge impact on their mental health. Just to get away to the seaside, have some fresh air and to be able to communicate with others in their own first language was really good for them. Instead of been stuck indoors due to covid and lockdown which has been so hard. Especially for one member who has been stuck in one room for the last 1.5 years. It was so good for him to get out and meet others.
They have all begged the Director for another trip and hopefully (depending on funding) we can go again.
Side line; Everyone had had both covid vaccinations and everyone got safely home at the end of the day.
Planning on the way for 2022.....