The annual Supportive Therapies Day brought staff and the individuals they support together to learn about different techniques which can improve communication, social interaction and general wellbeing. Reflexology, dance and music therapy, as well as art classes, trained therapy dogs and a hydrotherapy pool were all used to illustrate that going the extra mile in care can make a huge difference.
But it was the Pimp My Chair competition which was the biggest hit on the day. Inspired by the popular TV programme, Pimp My Ride, service users were given the chance to get creative and customise their wheelchairs. A mermaid, pirates and even a Spice Girls themed chair were entered, with Carl Johnson’s – from CMG’s The Ridgeway service in Essex – medieval knight modifications proving particularly popular.
The individuals CMG supports were not the only ones who benefitted. Staff from across the organisation were inspired as they shared ideas and considered how they can supplement the care they offer to ensure their CMG services continue to deliver the highest standards.
The supportive therapies day is another initiative which demonstrates how CMG is transforming the way support is provided for people with learning disabilities.
Katie Reid, Healthcare Facilitator at CMG said:
“The individuals we support always love taking part in the Day. They really respond well to the different activities on offer and benefit enormously from meeting other people from CMG services around the country and getting the chance to try a wide range of different therapies.
“It also gives staff the chance to meet, share ideas and best practice on additional therapies they can provide at CMG services.”
Carl Johnson said:
“I loved dressing up and had a really good day”