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The team at Carlingwark House, a specialist dementia care home that we oversee in Castle Douglas, have pioneered the use of Playlist for Life.
This is a special music therapy that sees people who live with dementia enjoy person-centred playlists, made up of songs that represent the soundtrack of their life. This personally meaningful music enables people who live with dementia to reconnect with their treasured memories - helping to improve in their health, happiness and wellbeing.
See the impact that Playlist for Life has had on people we support, in this special video with the creator of this therapy, Sally Magnusson.
Our activities team brought the party atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro to their home as they hosted a Mardi Gras event to mark the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The people we support enjoyed a week of music, cocktails, dance and games.
See their week of activity and entertainment...
Tees Alive offers people personalised support in the community. People who access the service can enjoy a range of activities, from participating in arts and sports, through to gaining qualifications and voluntary experience.
At the heart of this service is a thriving partnership with Middlesbrough FC. People supported at the service can enjoy weekly accessing weekly training sessions with the club’s Foundation, as well as attending matchday experiences with the club.
See what happened when people we support got close to their Boro heroes…
Work is a vital part of everyday life, yet only 7% of people with learning disabilities are in paid employment. Our Vocational Support Service is overcoming this by supporting people to enjoy brilliant placements with the likes of including Everton Football Club, Widnes Vikings rugby league club, the NHS, British Heart Foundation, Costa and Bluecoat art gallery
Our team creates placements with supportive and inclusive employers, in roles that fulfil the talents and aspirations of people we support. They are specially trained to use a host of person-centred practices that give people exceptional work experiences, matching them up with the right Support Workers and the right workplace.
In this video, people we support explain how working has changed their lives – giving them new skills and real independence.
Glenwood is home to eight people who live with complex learning disabilities and also offers short-term respite support to five people.
Many of the people supported at the home and their support staff are dedicated fans of the Super League rugby league club, Widnes Vikings. People supported at Glenwood often watch the club with their team and love the atmosphere of the big crowds. They also enjoy participating in weekly accessible sports sessions with the Vikings Community Team, as part of a special partnership that we have developed with the club.
In 2016, Glenwood had a significant refurbishment - creating a warmer and more accessible environment. To celebrate their passion for the Vikings, we created a stunning themed room in the home that celebrates the trumphs of the club and their favourite players. The people we support were thrilled when star player, Alex Gerrard, visited them to officially open this on National Learning Disability Day.