Artistic Expressions Lead to Stronger Connections
The Disability Trust is working to transform the traditional idea of “respite” services toward a new dynamic short stay skills based model where people are engaged in a rich variety of activities and social events.
Tapping into the passions of the people who use the service, the passionate team at The Disability Trust are continually looking to find new ways to develop meaningful skills, opportunities and connections in a friendly and supportive environment.
“We’ve managed to reunite friends who haven’t seen each other since leaving school, as well as helping others to forge new connections,” reflects Euan Graham, Hughes Team Leader. “When our mixed group gathers on a Friday afternoon, the excitement in the air is palpable. It is a real highlight and an opportunity to share a good time dining and dancing the night away.”
Leaving school can often lead to a loss of contact with friends, especially for those whose ability to communicate is impaired. This was the case for one young man who used the Hughes House service and despite having regular work through the week, his connection with friends had fallen away since leaving school. Since joining the Saturday “Greek Gods” group, he has reconnected with old school friends, and been away to the coast on holiday with them.
“It makes a huge difference to have something to look forward to on the calendar, it helps foster a life independent of family and creates opportunities to network and feel included”, says Louise Little, Senior Manager with The Disability Trust. “This focus has underpinned the wonderful changes that Euan and the team at The Disability Trust have brought to our service over the last year.”