The Cornwall and Devon Supported Living service has been pioneering an innovative project, where service users from the local community use recycled materials to explore new ways of expressing themselves.
The service, which is part of Embrace Group, offers supported living assistance to adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems, complex needs, challenging behaviour and physical disabilities.
As part of the project, service users use recycled materials and craft them into shapes and words that express an emotion or feeling. One service user from St Cleer, Michael Bryant, has been working closely with the team to use recycled materials, including bamboo, to craft art works and creative structures around the theme of ‘happiness’.
The project has greatly helped Michael to improve his self-esteem and ability to express himself, and he has since been engaging in more regular conversations with people around him.
David Quinton, Senior Project Worker at St Cleer, commented:
“It is really important that we provide service users with a wide range of creative and innovative activities. We’re delighted to be supporting service users of Cornwall and Devon Supported Living to make great strides in their confidence and craftsmanship!”