Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Benefits of Focused Activities

Hi all, and thanks once more for your continued interest in what we are doing.
Our latest podcast attempt was on the subject of focus, the ability to hold ones concentration when carrying out a task, or an activity.

We believe that by working on an individual’s ability to focus, or concentrate, this invariably helps to reduce anxiety, thereby enabling that individual to function more fully in their every days lives.
We have introduced focus training into the health and wellbeing sessions, which is proving to be of benefit to everyone who takes part, has improved participation in skill levels, and in the performance of the activities.

We have also introduced the emphasis on focus, and attention, to all our activities, such as artwork, and model building, and although at times this can be difficult to do, the benefits far outweigh the effort that goes into ensuring that it remains embedded throughout.

Please feel free to comment on any of the subjects that we discuss, as they are intended not just to raise awareness, but also to create deliberations among other interested parties.

You are also very welcome to pop along and take part in any of our podcasts, as Kim recently did, much to her surprise!! She contributed really well to our podcast on focus, and its greatly appreciated by us all.
Be well. Harry on behalf of Stepping Stone 2to.😊

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Introducing Gym Ball Exercises

We have now introduced the use of a Gym Ball, in the annexed session on a Friday, and in situ at our venue, Northside Community Centre.

There are a number of reasons for this, such as, Focus, Balance, Core strength, and gaining the ability to exert mind, and body balance in harmony whilst carrying out an activity.

Although difficult, everyone who attended was able to carry out the activity to the best of their ability, and nobody ended up in a heap!!
 Jen and Lucy decided that post activity they would use the ball as a trampoline! As ever the activities have that lovely thread of fun and laughter throughout, a hallmark of Stepping Stone 2tos ethos.

Harry 😊

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Inclusion and Exclusion Podcast

Hi again a quick update and sorry I haven’t been on much of late but I have been rather distracted. I have also realised that I need to sit down with Tra the creator, and developer of our Blog and Face Book page and learn how to flipping use it!!! Oh and my own FB page too!!

Another podcast was carried out recently and the subject was around inclusion, and exclusion, and the negative effects that come about when people are not included in everyday life situations and are therefore the victims of exclusion
The discussion was very enlightening, with everyone contributing where able. Real life situations came up where clients were excluded by the actions, or non-actions of staff members, and other people within their local communities.

What became obvious during these discussions was an overriding need for clients to air their experiences of exclusion and the need to look for resolutions to these occurrences in real time.
However because this is a feasibility exercise, timed, and designed to remain impartial where possible from individual problems needing resolutions, we realised that we need to ensure that mediums other than the podcast itself are made available for people who are seen to be badly affected by their problems.
Another enlightening and productive activity where everyone had positive learning experiences.