I can’t believe I have been in post for over three months already, the time has just flown by! I have really enjoyed settling into my role and getting to meet everyone at the virtual activities!
Working from home, and meeting everyone via Zoom, has certainly been a strange start to my time at Inspire but everyone has been super welcoming. With the gradual easing of restrictions starting to happen I’m looking forward to getting out and about to the projects to meet everyone.
As well as working alongside Chris on the daily Zoom activities, another part of my role has been to bring a sharper focus onto those services that need a more tailored approach to their virtual involvement.
So far, we have had quite a few individual or smaller group activities set up and I am really looking forward to setting up more.
Our Ellon projects have been loving their weekly Boccia League via Zoom - they have been playing for two months now. Not only are they getting to play a sport they love every week, but the activity is also giving them the chance to catch up with their friends at the other services, who they have not seen as regularly as they used to before the pandemic.
Gordon from Esslemont said: "I enjoy doing Boccia and keeping the scores. I like watching everyone else play."
The bingo sessions have become the highlight of the week for the people we support at Huntly - they really enjoy having lots of banter with each other!
We launched our first Zoom darts session last month after we found out that a few of the people we support were missing getting out to the pub to play darts with their friends. While they loved having staff members to play against, they said it was really nice to play in a session with other darts fanatics!
People joined from across the City and Shire for our first session and enjoyed it so much they would like to meet up in person when allowed. John from Milton Wynd had a fantastic time and said: "It was good to see new people, and great to play against someone other than staff who support me!"
I’m excited to help facilitate more small group and individual sessions like this in the coming weeks and months and also working towards how things will look moving out of lockdown.
Sarah Farquhar, Activities Coordinator