Activities Workshops

These half-day workshops provide Activity Co-ordinators and other nursing home staff with the knowledge, direction and ideas to create engaging activities programmes in their care centres.

Care staff can sometimes find it difficult to create activities programmes that are inclusive and individualised for residents who are living with dementia, particularly where the dementia is severe. Studies have shown that residents of care centres spend the majority of their time not engaged in any meaningful activity. These workshops are hands-on and interactive, providing participants with direction on how to design activates and create resources that meet individual needs.

When well designed, activities:

  • Promote self esteem
  • Maintain the person’s skills and abilities
  • Compensate for lost abilities
  • Provide an opportunity for enjoyment, pleasure and social contact
  • Are tailored to the needs of each person

Who are these workshops for? Activity Coordinators and other health and social care professionals and caregivers.

Life Story Boards (half-day workshop)

Life story is critical to understanding a person and designing activities that support their physical and psychological wellbeing. Learn how to create resources and life story boards, which suggest daily activities to enhance a person’s physical and psychological wellbeing

Learning outcomes from this workshop:

  • Understanding what makes up an individual
  • Learning how to identify and source information, photographs and keepsakes that tap into a person’s retained memories and life story
  • Knowing what resources work best, including music for happiness
  • Being able to work as a team to combine life story elements efficiently
  • Learning how to create life story boards to support enhanced daily life

Tailored activities on a shoestring (half-day workshop)

This workshop is full of knowledge and ideas for creating resources to support a rich and varied activities programme.

It includes:

  • Planning themes for engagement and choice
  • Developing individualised activities that maintain personhood and life skills
  • Capturing seasonal resources from the outdoors
  • Transforming every day materials into resources for engagement
  • Improving the physical environment to support wellbeing

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Identify and secure resources from a wide variety of sources, within a tight budget
  • Seasonally identify resources in the outdoor environment, and create a plan to maximise their use
  • Be equipped to choose themes for engagement and choice
  • Develop individualised resources to support an improved quality of everyday life for those who live in residential care
  • Understand pacing in the delivery of activities

Areas covered:

  • Using recycled materials
  • Bringing the outdoors inside
  • Fostering engagement and enjoyment
  • Finding ways of using materials
  • Health and safety

Activities Coordinator Workshop
A Three Step Plan


The aim of this workshop is to assist activity coordinators with understanding their role and goals as a Person Centred Activities coordinator.

This includes

  • A step by step guide: How to create a meaningful Activities Programme
  • How to create an equal working environment where you and residents create the culture together
  • How to be a part of and include others in a creative team
  • How to plan create and implement a meaningful integrated activity programme which supports agency, equality and empowerment

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop Attendees will:

  • Understand the steps to take to gather information, devise and implement a meaningful Person Centred Activities Programme
  • Learn ways to keep their Activities Programme updated and relevant
  • Become more confident in the meaning and goals of the role of an Activities Coordinator
  • Learn to include opportunities for learning and resident’s goals
  • Understand how to devise a Person Centred Activities Programme with residents supporting equality and agency of all involved

Who is this workshop for?

  • This workshop targets people who are involved in creating organising or implementing an activities programme for older people, which includes all grades of staff from Director of Nursing to Healthcare Assistants.
  • A person who is involved in running a day care centres daily activities.
  • A person who is considering applying for a position of activities coordinator.

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