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Welcome to the ADO News Desk!

This is where you will find all the Main Headline News Stories and Press Releases from the ADO Teams during 2016-2017. We have left a few of our old 'press' cuttings from previous years just for old times sake.

If you really want to keep up with everything that's going on in the wonderful world of ADO, then Facebook and Twitter is the place to be, just one click away at the top left of this page, or at the base of this page for instant access.

The New Ford RangerFord Ranger News

Ford Motor Company have a large range of 4x4 Ford Rangers in their fleet of vehicles, but recently ADO took delivery of a different type of Ford Ranger in the shape of the team from the FordSTA Strategy and Business Office department. It was the idea of Jeff Lamer from the team, who after visiting our Poets Corner site for a Meerkat and Raccoon Dog Experience was compelled to learn about how ADO want to transform the site and develop it further for the community and build a place where more healthcare and education services can be offered in an outdoor wildlife environment.

Read more: ADO in the News

With A Lidl Help From Our Wildlife FriendsBug Hotel at Lidl Construction Site

The new Lidl construction site at Upper Wickham Lane, Welling has had a new extension in the shape of a ten-story high bug hotel with surrounding wildlife garden. It’s all thanks to IKON Construction who kindly funded the project and Animal Days Out C.I.C. who designed and built the bug hotel using man made building site materials and natural materials gathered from local welling woodland.

Read more: With A Lidl Help From Our Wildlife Friends

New Holiday Club Feature for Summer 2017!Low Ropes Challenges - New For 2017


Rangers Low Ropes Adventure

We are very excited to announce a new addition for our holiday clubs with our Adventure Low Rope Challenges! This year our “Animal and Forest Adventure ” programme days will have sessions within them for group tasks set with challenges linking into the themed activities. Low Ropes are great fun, whilst providing a physical and challenging hands on opportunity for learning new skills.

Read more: Low Ropes

Pop Up FarmPop Up Farm Day


Featured News Looking for a great family activity during the Easter Holidays? This Easter we will be running our Pop Up Farm again. Its on Wednesday 5th April from 12.30pm until 3.30pm, so get that date in your diary today!

Its a chance to get the children out the house to meet some our wonderful creatures and that's just the staff!! We will be bringing along a whole host of animals, with activities and refreshments throughout the afternoon.

Read more: Featured News and Events

Jack Petchey AwardDan Birmingham with his Jack Petchey Award


Featured News Well done to Daniel Birmingham who was voted by his own peers as the Jack Petchey Silver Achievement Award winner for his duty of care and outstanding progress in mentoring our younger children at our After School Clubs and Holiday Clubs. Daniel is a great all rounder with both our animals and outdoor adventure and has really stepped up over the last year in becoming a fantastic support to both our leaders and the younger children in our clubs.

Daniel has decided to spend his prize on some new gardening tools for our clubs to encourage the younger children to enjoy the horticultural element of their programmes and to replace some rather tired and worn out tools currently used.

Social Care Awards 2017Social Care Award 2017


Featured News The ADO Therapy Team have been awarded "Best For Animal Assisted Therapy Services - South East England 2017" in the Social Care Awards 2017 run by the GHP magazine. GHP (Global Healthcare Pharma) are a large multinational magazine, so for ADO to pick up this award is a fantastic achievement and highlights the quality of service and level of innovation in our alternative healthcare services. A massive well done to all the team at ADO Therapy for this award and to the other teams in ADO for their support.

Young Leaders of the FutureLeadership and Mentor Badge


Featured NewsADO have always been at the forefront of providing opportunities for young people to further their education and careers at an early stage of their development.

We hope that our system of Preschool, After School Clubs, Holiday Clubs, Volunteering and providing Work Experience become a production line of talent, offering them a career path for when they finally leave school and have to face the big bad world of employment.

Our Ranger Mentors and Ranger Young Leaders have had several training sessions, the most recent a Leadership and Safeguarding certification, which qualified them for their Mentor and Young Leader Badge.

Read more: Young Leaders of the Future

The Smart Way To Name TagThanks


Featured NewsHow many times has your child got home from an activity missing some of their clothing or belongings? We have lost count at ADO over the years how many drinks bottles, coats, hats and even welly boots end up in the lost property box at the end of the Summer Holiday Club for example. Children are great at forgetting their belongings at home time. Our office staff spend hours trying to track down the owners of lost items almost weekly! Its amazing how many items never get reclaimed. It must cost parents a fortune to replace the lost items.

Read more: The Smart Way To Name Tag

An Ofsted One-TwoOFSTED Registered


Featured NewsWe are pleased to announce that our Royal Park Holiday Clubs are now also Ofsted registered, EY536303, providing our ADO Academy with two sites that have now been passed by Ofsted to provide childcare provision. If you are looking for high quality childcare with exciting and fun animal and outdoor adventure opportunities, then look no further! We still have 4 days ahead of fun this October half term for example, so book on now! We are running our Albany Park Mini Explorers for Preschoolers 2-5 years (EY491048) and our Royal Park School site for Reception to 14 years for Young Explorers and Rangers groups. Please help us to spread the word! If you would like to pay for our holiday clubs with Childcare Vouchers, please let us know the schemes you are signed up to and we can make sure we are registered with this company.

ADO on the Move


Featured NewsAfter three years at the Environment Centre - Eltham, ADO have relocated to new office and session space back to their roots in the London Borough of Bexley. The Community Interest Company have simply outgrown the amount of space and land available at The Environment Centre and its now time to move on. The good news is that ADO have secured a large office space in Welling to provide operational and administrative support and up to 4 session spaces for our ADO Therapy customers. With advanced discussions over the land we call 'Poets Corner' at Keats Road, Welling, we can offer AAT and AAA , plus Horticultural and Equine (horses) therapy sessions for our customers within the 6.4 acres. Its exciting and new times for ADO.

Read more: ADO on the Move

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