On every weekday, around 15 different activities take place at the 2 main Assist Trust sites as well as out in the community.
All groups aim to build confidence; help members to speak up and have their own opinions; help members to get on with others and learn social skills; encourage members to try new things; help members to learn from their mistakes; support members in the real world and learn how to be more independent.
With this in mind, members are of course encouraged to have their say – many of the groups are ideas that members have come up with. Each member has a chance to talk through their suggested timetable before it starts and to make changes if they feel a particular group isn’t for them. However, members are also encouraged to try something out, especially if it is new, in order to build their sense of self-esteem and confidence, and to stick with a group once the timetable has started.
Timetables change every four months, and cover many different types of activities.
The following is a an A-Z of different groups that we’ve previously run for members at Assist Trust. This shows just some of the groups we’ve run – there have been many others too!
(A) Audio book discussion (B) Bake Off/Band group (C) Craft(D) Drama/Dancercise (E) Employment and travel training (F) Football/Fine motor skills
(G) Gardening (H) Health and Safety/History (I) I challenge you (problem solving)
(J) Jam making (K) Keeping healthy (L) Learning to listen/Local walks
(M) Members committee / Mousehold Heath conservation (N) Norman Centre café
(O) Outdoor sports/Orienteering (P) Photography (Q) Quiz group (R) Relaxation
(S) Sculpture/Sewing (T) Trip advisor (U) Upcycling (V) Video gaming
(W) Woodland walks (X) EXercise! (Y) Yoga (Z) Zumba