This superb practical handbook contains 100 activities that are non-competitive and can be used across the whole age spectrum with individuals or groups. It provides indispensable material for use with learning disabilities, mental health, physical disabilities and regressed psychiatric or geriatric patients.
The non-competitive nature of these activities ensures that people feel safe in making a contribution, and fear of failure or disappointment is effectively eliminated.
Divided into photocopiable sections, these provide a session format that focuses on maintaining and increasing the function of the whole person.
An ideal resource for day centres, hospitals, care homes and the creative group leader.
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"This handbook can be used for all age groups [and] for non-competitive groupwork this book is a useful and stimulating resource." NAPA Newsletter
'Can be used across all age groups and disciplines, but may be particularly useful for those with learning disabilities, mental health problems, physical disabilities, or for elderly and geriatric patients.' - Jill Manning, Senior Occupational Therapists, Child Development Centre, Bury St Edmonds, NAPOT
'The book will be useful to those involved in the organisation of groups...especially in the residential/ day centre environment. |t will also be a useful teaching aid to those considering starting a group as it is non-prescriptive and ful of ideas...Physiotherapists would benefit from knowing of this publication.' - Alison Hurst, Physiotherapy Journal
Robin has worked for Social Services, The NHS, The Probation Service, and Adult Learning for over 30 years. Most recently he has been the Social Inclusion Officer across two authorities. His main role was to develop an innovative outreach curriculum that is accessible and meets the needs of people with disabilities, older people and others who are vulnerable. The aim being to ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities so they have an active and fulfilling role within the community.
To do this he formed partnerships with day centres, residential homes, social work teams, primary care, special schools, probation, employment agencies, elderly clubs, churches and other providers of services within the community. He also advised and contributed to disability awareness and qualification training programmes for adult learning staff and tutors and the other agencies involved.
Previously he managed a mental health day centre and has worked in multi-purpose day centres, a number of psychiatric hospitals, probation and is a trainer and counsellor.