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Workshops

At Willow Park Lifeskills Centre

Our Process

Identifying outcomes

At our Workshops we use SMART (Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Timely) goal setting to help achieve an outcome

Communication:
Listening, following directions, expressing needs and wants and answering questions.
Social Skills:
Taking turns, having a conversation and making friends.
Independent Skills:
Using money, using technology, using transport and looking after your belongings.
Physical & Emotional skills:
Improving fine motor skills, engaging in physical activity, identifying emotions, expressing emotions and managing emotions.
Health and Work Skills:
Initiative, team work, self-management, organising, mental health, self esteem and relationships.

Arts, Crafts & Pottery

Express creativity by exploring various craft skills, using sensory and tactile materials, creating a real piece of art, that Picasso would be proud of!

Working with clay has proven to hold potential for further learning and discovery, whilst also encouraging concentration and motor skills. Service users can see their creations come to life.

Performing Arts

Music, movement and drama are wonderful forms of non-verbal expression. This workshop encourages physical movement, co-ordination and the development of self-expression, whilst increasing self-confidence. Increased communication skills can help friendships to be formed.

We create fantastic shows every year which family and friends can attend. The buzz and excitement of the shows is clear for all to see and really does confirm that the service users are the heart and soul of Willow Park.

TACPAC

At Willow Park we offer an amazing sensory opportunity for you to experience. TACPAC is a sensory communication resource using touch and music that can be used by anyone.

TACPAC helps people with sensory impairment, developmental delay, complex learning difficulties, tactile defensiveness, and limited or pre verbal levels of communication.

Express creativity by exploring various craft skills, using sensory and tactile materials, creating a real piece of art, that Picasso would be proud of!

Working with clay has proven to hold potential for further learning and discovery, whilst also encouraging concentration and motor skills. Service users can see their creations come to life.

Music, movement and drama are wonderful forms of non-verbal expression. This workshop encourages physical movement, co-ordination and the development of self-expression, whilst increasing self-confidence. Increased communication skills can help friendships to be formed.

We create fantastic shows every year which family and friends can attend. The buzz and excitement of the shows is clear for all to see and really does confirm that the service users are the heart and soul of Willow Park.

At Willow Park we offer an amazing sensory opportunity for you to experience. Tacpac is a sensory communication resource using touch and music that can be used by anyone.

Tacpac helps people with sensory impairment, developmental delay, complex learning difficulties, tactile defensiveness, and limited or pre verbal levels of communication.

Health and Wellbeing

Living a healthy lifestyle is essential. Eating healthy, exercise, personal hygiene, staying safe and relationships enables you to feel better, look better and enhance quality of life. Our workshops work thorough various activities dealing with Relationships, Personal Hygiene, Health, Social interactions and everyday Life skills.

Eating out at restaurants can be a lot of fun but also a daunting experience. The thought of communicating with staff to explain your order and then pay the bill can require certain skills. Our workshop will go through all of the day to day experiences of going to a restaurant and ordering and paying your bill as well as trips out to the local restaurants to put all your hard work to fruition.

Healthy Eating and Cookery

A healthy diet has many benefits, from a physical perspective and to help the increased risk to your health. A good way to help start a healthy diet is to start our healthy living workshop and learn how to cook and eat good food. You will learn how to create cost effective meals, cook and present your food whilst learning food hygiene and safety.

Shopping is also a large part of our workshop and is a great way to interact in the community, improve communication and social skills, as well as learning important life skills such as handling money.

IT and Assistive Technology

Assistive technology can help empower people to become more independent. Computers, internet, smartphones and tablets are used in most daily tasks, from social media to shopping. It can also help overcome difficulties with reading, writing, numbers and organizing.

Here at willow park our computer suite is designed for all abilities. We have large wheelchair accessible touchscreen monitors with different switches to make movement easier. Our amazing eye gaze machine allows people with little movement the opportunity to work the computer just using your eyes.

There are varied activities throughout each workshop from learning how to use the internet and smart tablets to sending emails and applying for jobs. Each workshop is designed around each personal our personal goals.

Living a healthy lifestyle is essential. Eating healthy, exercise, personal hygiene, staying safe and relationships enables you to feel better, look better and enhance quality of life. Our workshops work thorough various activities dealing with Relationships, Personal Hygiene, Health, Social interactions and everyday Life skills.
Eating out at restaurants can be a lot of fun but also a daunting experience. The thought of communicating with staff to explain your order and then pay the bill can require certain skills. Our workshop will go through all of the day to day experiences of going to a restaurant and ordering and paying your bill as well as trips out to the local restaurants to put all your hard work to fruition.

A healthy diet has many benefits, from a physical perspective and to help the increased risk to your health. A good way to help start a healthy diet is to start our healthy living workshop and learn how to cook and eat good food. You will learn how to create cost effective meals, cook and present your food whilst learning food hygiene and safety.

Shopping is also a large part of our workshop and is a great way to interact in the community, improve communication and social skills, as well as learning important life skills such as handling money.

Assistive technology can help empower people to become more independent. Computers, internet, smartphones and tablets are used in most daily tasks, from social media to shopping. It can also help overcome difficulties with reading, writing, numbers and organizing.

Here at willow park our computer suite is designed for all abilities. We have large wheelchair accessible touchscreen monitors with different switches to make movement easier. Our amazing eye gaze machine allows people with little movement the opportunity to work the computer just using your eyes.

There are varied activities throughout each workshop from learning how to use the internet and smart tablets to sending emails and applying for jobs. Each workshop is designed around each personal our personal goals.

Woodwork

The workshop is surrounded by a stimulating outdoor setting. Our experienced workshop facilitator strives to give our service users a sense of achievement by taking time to assess each individual’s needs.

Here our service users will learn a variety of wood crafting skills, including the safe use of hand and power tools. To create a wide range of useful products for home and garden.

Life SKills

Many adults with disabilities get overwhelmed when they think of the prospect of change, or learning a whole new way of life. But it doesn’t have to be like that, in fact better results are often achieved when people take one step at a time and make small changes to their lifestyle.

Many life skills are easily attainable if you know where to start. Our new workshop will look at some essential life skills and go through all aspects of daily living. The programme will include Social interaction and communication, Road safety and shopping. Household activities and employment and financials.

Work is part of adult life. It empowers us to contribute to society and make money to do more things we love – whether they be hobbies, sports or community activities. Here at Willow Park everyone who attends our Life Skills workshop will have the opportunity to work within our center in different areas depending on what they would like to do.

Gym, Fitness and Dance

The goal isn’t just to lose weight. The goal is to eat better and move better so that you can feel better in other areas of life.

Everyone has a different level of ability when it comes to exercise, so here at Willow Park we have our very own fully accessible gym and fitness instructor. Individual programmes are created.

Small amounts of exercise can help boost energy levels and over time will improve body image, strength and wellbeing. Daily exercise can simply start with a walk around the center, or a few arm rises. Everyone has their own goals set that our instructor will help you achieve.

The workshop is surrounded by a stimulating outdoor setting. Our experienced workshop facilitator strives to give our service users a sense of achievement by taking time to assess each individual’s needs.

Here our service users will learn a variety of wood crafting skills, including the safe use of hand and power tools. To create a wide range of useful products for home and garden.

Many adults with disabilities get overwhelmed when they think of the prospect of change, or learning a whole new way of life. But it doesn’t have to be like that, in fact better results are often achieved when people take one step at a time and make small changes to their lifestyle.

Many life skills are easily attainable if you know where to start. Our new workshop will look at some essential life skills and go through all aspects of daily living. The programme will include Social interaction and communication, Road safety and shopping. Household activities and employment and financials.

Work is part of adult life. It empowers us to contribute to society and make money to do more things we love – whether they be hobbies, sports or community activities. Here at Willow Park everyone who attends our Life Skills workshop will have the opportunity to work within our center in different areas depending on what they would like to do.

The goal isn’t just to lose weight. The goal is to eat better and move better so that you can feel better in other areas of life.

Everyone has a different level of ability when it comes to exercise, so here at Willow Park we have our very own fully accessible gym and fitness instructor. Individual programmes are created.

Small amounts of exercise can help boost energy levels and over time will improve body image, strength and wellbeing. Daily exercise can simply start with a walk around the center, or a few arm rises. Everyone has their own goals set that our instructor will help you achieve.

Weeley Community Garden

Local gardening projects are flourishing around communities here at Willow Park we have been given a wonderful opportunity to work with Weeley in Bloom and the local Council and take on a new gardening project just outside of willow Park.

The loop is an open garden area that we will be maintaining and planting new and exciting things in. The benefits of gardening go way beyond just enjoyment.

The activity of caring for plants is an effective tool which promotes new skills, education and rewards associated with achievement and accomplishment. Gardening also helps promote working as a team and helps to learn independence.

Gardening and Animal Care

Explore the wonderful world of gardening and nature in our tranquil garden and greenhouse area which has been designed with accessibility in mind and includes wheelchair friendly raised vegetable and flowerbeds and sensory area. You will take part in growing, harvesting and maintaining the gardens, alongside cooking with the produce grown in the garden and related craft activities. Service users will make bird boxes, bug hotels and work with nature.

The resident goats and chickens need lots of looking after, feeding cleaning out and lots of love. Service Users will learn how to care for the animals.

Explore the wonderful world of gardening and nature in our tranquil garden and greenhouse area which has been designed with accessibility in mind and includes wheelchair friendly raised vegetable and flowerbeds and sensory area. You will take part in growing, harvesting and maintaining the gardens, alongside cooking with the produce grown in the garden and related craft activities. Service users will make bird boxes, bug hotels and work with nature.

The resident goats and chickens need lots of looking after, feeding cleaning out and lots of love. Service Users will learn how to care for the animals.

ASDAN courses at Willow Park Lifeskills Centre

ASDAN is a pioneering curriculum development organisation and awarding body, offering programmes and qualifications that explicitly grow skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life.

If you choose to enrol on an ASDAN course you will first be required to complete a ‘Starting Out’ booklet which gives us information about you. You will then complete a series of activities and challenges for your chosen course, for example, ‘Work Right’ or ‘Towards Independence’.

Evidence will be collected in the form of witness statements, photographs and your personal written and/or printed work which will be placed in your folder and sent to ASDAN to be assessed. After assessment is complete, you will be rewarded with your well deserved ‘ASDAN – Certificate of Achievement’.

 

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Courses Available

Detailed below is a list of courses available:

Computer Technology

On this course you will be introduced to the different parts of the computer. You will be taught how to switch your computer on and off and to recognise familiar icons. You will be shown how to use a writing app, produce work, save and print. This course also covers photo editing, graphic and using the internet for shopping, TV and radio. You will be taught how to use multimedia, how to use a mobile phone and social networking.

Meal Preparation and Cooking

On this course you will learn about hygiene, health and safety, food storage and how to use the equipment. You will be taught how to plan, shop and prepare a variety of drinks and meals, including snacks. How to serve and clean away at the end of a meal.

Independent Living

On this course you will learn everyday skills to make you independent in your adulthood. It covers making meals for different times of the day and cleaning. Which also includes using a tumble dryer, washing machine and ironing.

Pottery and Ceramics

On this course you are taught the preparation that is involved and understanding the health and safety. You will be taught a range of techniques to create amazing pieces of art. You will learn what it feels like to work with the clay and the different types of equipment used.

Animal Care

On this course you will be taught about the things you need to look after your animals and the places you can go to buy them from. Also taught to understand what is involved in looking after a pet, which includes the cost, diet, health and exercise. You will be shown how to clean the animals out and groom them. How to keep yourself safe when handling the animals.

Work Awareness

On this course you will learn about the different types of jobs people can do and why they do them. Understanding how the environments differ when working inside or outside. Also to have the opportunity to visit a workplace that interests you.

Horticulture

On this course you will learn how to use tools safely. You will also be taught how to grow seeds and plants, inside and outside. Shown the importance of wearing the appropriate clothing and keeping the garden area tidy.

Money

Throughout this course you will learn about the value of coins and notes, also recognising and naming them. You will be taught how to write a shopping list and how to refer back to it while shopping. How to look after your money and organise yourself before going shopping, things you will need and how much you will need to take.

Using Transport

During this course you will be taught how to plan your journey and access transport so you become familiar with the routine. You will be taught how to communicate with people that are not familiar to you when asking for help, such as asking directions, which stop to get off at or if things go wrong on your journey.

Performing Arts

During this course you will be involved in using costumes and props. You will role play, create scenery and be taught about lighting and sound. Which finally ends in putting on a performance bringing all you have learnt together.