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Creativity in the time of covid

Throughout the pandemic, as government guidance evolved, and new ways of working had to be found, Affinity Trust support staff have come up with new and creative ways to support people with learning disabilities. Here are just a few of the ways in which staff have risen to the occasion.

  • Jacqueline, who we support in Sussex, loves a trip to her local McDonald’s for a chicken nugget meal. When covid measures meant she couldn’t do this, our staff printed pictures of McDonald’s cartons and bought nuggets, chips and a milkshake to create a ‘fake-away’ meal that Jacqueline could enjoy at home. Support Manager Emma said: “The smile on Jacqueline’s face was amazing and lit up the room.”

  • Staff in Bedford made sure the people they supported could take part in VE Day celebrations in the safety of their own home. They made 1940s’ outfits for all and supported people to create their own bunting and decorations. Ration books and ID cards added to the authenticity, and everyone enjoyed afternoon tea in the garden, with wartime classics playing in the background.

Two men dressed in World War Two uniforms, saluting Two men dressed in World War Two uniforms Man and woman at a VE Day party

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  • Susan, who lives near Canterbury, loves her local tea rooms; pre-covid, she would visit one almost every day. When the pandemic struck, staff transformed Susan’s garden shed into her very own tea room. Susan now happily heads into the garden, with her support team and the friends she lives with, to enjoy tea and cakes.

  • Joan, who we support in Leicester, has autism. Lockdown was confusing for Joan, as all her community activities were put on hold. But being supported to grow, and then cook with, vegetables on her allotment has helped keep mind and body healthy. As her support manager said: “Routine is important for Joan, and working in the allotment has been one thing that has been consistent.” The allotment was bought with money donated by Argentinian rugby ex-international Marcus Ayerza.

  • Nigel, who we support in Peterborough, has a strong connection with the Salvation Army. Before the pandemic, he worshipped every Sunday, attended Salvation Army coffee mornings, and volunteered in their shop. During lockdown, Nigel missed his church activities, and when his 60th birthday party was cancelled, his mood started to dip. So Nigel’s staff team contacted the Salvation Army and arranged meetings with other church members via Zoom. Nigel was delighted to see his friends again, and even attended an online church service.

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