Life Long Learning & Participation
The service users enjoy attending college and having the opportunity to learn about using computers and developing their computing skills and knowledge. The guys have worked on word processing, accessing the internet and sending e-mails. The service users enjoy attending college, supported by staff to assist communication.
” we love having them here, it is obvious that support staff and clients have a real bond and it is a pleasure to watch the interaction between them, even though I don’t understand sign language ” Paisley College Tutor
Service users enjoy being a part of the college environment and meeting new people. They also like and know their tutors very well, many have been teaching some of them for a number of years.
In some workshop sessions we learn basic numerical skills starting with adding and subtraction work. We also work on adding and subtraction using money and on telling the time and colour by numbers work. Others who have the ability, try more complex problems including multiplication and division work.
A fairly recent installation of the two smart boards has created a completely different interactive learning experience for the Service Users. Hayfields programme of sessions now has a wide range of visual resources that can be adapted to various individual needs. We have full access to everything you could possibly need to facilitate virtually any subject. Preparing and delivering the fully interactive sessions has had a huge impact on individual’s development of general learning, communication, independent living skills and social skills.
As part of the healthier lifestyles programme four individuals cook each week. The session allows the guys to develop their cooking skills, knife skills and their ability to use various equipment within the kitchen while preparing healthy meals. They learn about cooking times and how to weigh the ingredients accurately. They also learn the names of various fruits, veg , meat, fish and various herbs and spices. At each session the guys are provided with a shopping list and recipe of each meal they are preparing in both written and pictorial form. They are encouraged to take the recipes away with them to replicate them at home. I also teach them the importance of hygiene when cooking – ie. washing hands and using aprons along with health and safety issues within the kitchen.
For individuals who are at a basic level of communication. In the sessions they are encouraged to give eye contact and watch what others are signing. The session includes discussions on a variety of topics, learning every day signs, memory games and helping each other.
Communication is central to one’s sense of self as an individual, as a family member, as a friend. The communication and interaction group tries to offer Hayfield individuals a secure sense of themselves as Deaf people within a small Deaf community to enable more confident interaction with people from the wider community. Regular opportunities to meet and socialise with peers and staff in a visual signing environment, both formally and informally, are central to this enablement. The communication groups aim specifically to promote interaction, develop confidence and signing skills within an inclusive, stimulating and rewarding signing environment. Deaf cultural games aim to develop eye contact, tracking and observation skills, and appropriate social interaction is developed contextually and practised using role play. Vocabulary is developed gradually, whilst receptive understanding is encouraged and prized during a variety of games.
Each individual is supported to participate at their own level whilst learning turn-taking and watching others, useful in conversation. This holistic approach to communicative development seeks to encourage expression, enable participation and promote emotional well-being.
The topical discussion group have looked at a number of topics, including – The Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2015, the history of Glasgow & its Coat of arms, Scottish Independence, natural disasters, space and the planets and the upcoming General Election information.
The introduction and use of the smart board within this session has been very beneficial. Staff and service users are able to access information relating to the topic of interest. Staff are also able to plan and produce computer presentations incorporating interesting graphics to ensure the session is as visual and as interactive as possible for the service users.
Forum meetings are held regularly, this is an opportunity where individuals can express their views on Hayfield, outings, social events, issues, concerns or complaints. Staff are available to support, and to write down the information to be shared at the meeting.
If and when need arises for staff to share information about health & safety or other Hayfield business, the forums are the preferred means of information sharing. Staff facilitate using BSL, visual / pictorial imagery and or role play so that communication needs are met.
In the residences, we also meet regularly to discuss new ideas and share information. It is important that we participate in our lives as much as possible so we ask questions, help each other understand the world around us and suggest ways to improve our service from Hayfield.
Copies of pictorial minutes for all forum meetings are available to all.