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Widnes Vikings are the focal point of the Halton community and have been important in the lives of many people we support in the area, so our charity formed a pioneering partnership with the club. This sees their community coaches host weekly activity sessions in our local homes, and involve legendary players in reminiscence sessions. We’ve also created a monthly social event at the Halton Stadium for people living with dementia and supported many people to go to watch the team play.
This has made a huge difference to Fred, who is delighted to be reconnected with the club that he has supported since the age of 6. He’s rediscovered treasured memories of watching the Vikings in his youth and is thriving, getting involved in activities that he loves.
See how Fred’s life has been changed by this partnership…
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.