Active, meaningful lives

Copperclay active lives imageTo facilitate the progress of each person towards greater independence and more meaningful social inclusion, there is a broad programme of activity to support skills development, the growth of confidence and the achievement of individual goals.

There is a strong emphasis on off-site activity in addition to the use of the facilities of the service itself. Every person’s activity plan is different and individualised to their particular needs and choices. The multidisciplinary team plays a significant role in getting programmes right by producing proactive support plans together with the person themselves and staff, to help people achieve their goals. These plans are adapted over time as people make progress. Current and future activity plans are discussed in the People’s Forum and also within multi-disciplinary meetings, activity meetings and at each person’s review.

Occupational Therapists are able to assess each person’s needs and wishes in relation to what they prefer in terms of occupations now and also what skills they would like to develop for their future. The focus is for this to be purposeful and meaningful to each individual in order to ensure that intrinsic motivation for occupation is supportive of development.

We recognise the importance of meaningful engagement in activity and that we expect people to be active participants in everyday activities and we support people to do this. We also make sure that everyone will be given the opportunity to experience a range of leisure activities.

Away from the service a wide range of activities are offered, of which the following are a small selection of examples: adult education - including at local colleges, swimming, horse riding, gym sessions, visits to local farm attractions, horticultural and eco-therapy projects, rebound therapy and independence skills, such as shopping and using public transport. Easingwold itself is a busy market town with much to offer the people we support.

Within the service: Art, horticulture, dance, beauty sessions, cooking, sensory sessions and IT, are all examples. However, we value the unique needs each person has with regards to interests, occupation and leisure activities, therefore we ensure that we can tailor activity to each individual based on their own interests, needs and values and can introduce these to the service if not already offered. Vocational opportunities can also be offered / arranged both within the service or in the community, based on individualised needs and interests, our teams can offer specialist therapy programmes to support individuals to build the required skills to succeed in their chosen occupations.

Additionally, with the beautiful, vibrant city of York on our doorstep – and indeed all that North Yorkshire has to offer, a wide range of leisure activities are provided on request and could included excursions to sporting events, places of historical interest, adventure centers, parks and cinemas. Copperclay Mews is also within driving distance of numerous countryside and seaside resorts / walks.

Activities are also supported through evenings and weekends and are not exclusive to weekdays so as to reflect choice and opportunity for leisure time.

The development of programmes of meaningful activity is always ongoing. We listen to the people at Copperclay  Mews who take part in all these activities and adapt programmes depending on their feedback. We remain determined to further enhance these programmes to offer the very best provision possible.