Redefining activities for people with learning disabilities
Wouldn’t it be great if there was an activity service that catered to different physical and sensory profiles for people with learning disabilities. A service that supported staff by giving them an easy to use and engaging activities tool and that offered a structured programme to deliver better care outcomes.
This is what the Happiness Programme has been designed to do, providing physical, cognitive and social stimulation to those with care needs through games they’ll enjoy playing.
Catering to different physical and sensory profiles
When it comes to activities for people in adult social care, we understand the challenges and opportunities to make a difference to people’s lives. Despite the different physical and sensory profiles, the circumstances of care, a person’s age and their interests, we start with an ambition to meet some essential needs; namely to be happy, to take part in activities that are meaningful, to have fun and to live an exciting life.
The Happiness Programme has been quite revolutionary. It has enabled awe and wonder moments for some of the people we support, that we have not observed before.
It’s provided inspired sensory experiences and offered different things for different people.
Caroline O’Brien, Deputy Manager, Fitzroy
Support for visual impairment and all physical profiles
We understand that no two care locations are ever the same and the people you support will have different needs and requirements to make activities safe, fun and meaningful.
It’s why we’ve developed many of our games to have additional sensory experience, whether that’s the rustling of leaves, the sound of the sea or games dedicated to music and song.
It’s also what led us to developing a light projector that could be projected on to any surface.
While many of our games can be played using a prop, feedback was telling us we needed to develop our games and our training for people who couldn’t hold utensils, brushes or other props.
So, we now cover this in the Happiness Programme’s training; from the best games to use for those with limited physical movement to ideas such as projecting on to sheets with hands placed underneath to create movement.
Play anytime, anywhere with anyone
The magic table 360 projects on to almost any surface – walls, floors, ceilings, even bed sheets. This makes it practical for staff whilst ensuring everyone has the chance to experience the activities whatever their physical capacity.
We have a non-verbal service user who never interacts with people.
We introduced him to the magic table 360 and he engaged so much with it. It was lovely to watch.
Jo Ludlow, Manager, Buckinghamshire County Council
Games for everyone
We’ve taken great care to build a collection of games that meets the many different interests and profiles of people with learning disabilities and, within each game, we use a robust process to ensure we’re delivering those basic needs of providing meaningful activity in a fun and engaging way.
This means our games are a resource that people can use repeatedly without fatigue and that there’s a meaningful activity for all among the people you support.
We repeatedly hear from care staff who are one minute playing football and the next, are gazing up at the stars.
Join the Happiness Programme
We’re working with big care groups to small independent homes, libraries and community centres to NHS trusts and hospitals. The Happiness Programme can help in any setting which is caring for people living with learning disabilities.