We offer a wide range of therapeutic and rehabilitative activities that we provide in our well-equipped gymnasium and large recreational rehab suite.
Arts & Crafts Group
This kind of activity provides the opportunity to improve motor skills and concentration in a creative environment. It also prompts the use of cognitive processes such as evaluating, using judgement and comprehending and following instructions.
A very important part of rehabilitation is the support that we can offer and share with peers. Social interaction requires awareness of disinhibitions and resulting appropriate behaviour. It challenges apathy and encourages respect.
Daily, gentle and monitored exercise will increase strength, flexibility and mobility. Exercise will also improve self-confidence and self-esteem, increase cardiovascular capacity, improve motor control and help balance. Our fully qualified gym instructor will assess and develop personal support plans and monitor progress and goals.
Our monthly day trips with our walking group are most popular with our members.
It is an opportunity to get beneficial exercise in a social setting.
Our day trips have taken us to indoor and outdoor spaces alike such as The Meadows, The National Museum, Holyrood Palace, Portabello Beach, The Gallaries and many more
Jewellery Making Group
Threading beads onto string requires a massive level of concentration and is demanding of fine motor skills. Choosing and planning beads and jewellery designs uses cognitive processes such as decision making and organisation.The participants in the group have crafted many stunning pieces of jewellery, some of them being bought for gifts for friends and family by other members.
This group provides a stimulating and social environment to keep minds active and interested in a wide range of topics. Actively practising cognitive skills and processes allows people to monitor their progress. In memory, literacy and comprehension games, many processes are tested. These include recall, concentration, knowledge and problem solving.
Art therapy uses art as the primary mode of expression, alongside talking with an art therapist. It aims to reduce distress and improve social, emotional and mental health by promoting insight, self-compassion and a sense of agency and self-worth.
During art therapy, members are supported by an art therapist to use art to express and articulate often complex thoughts and feelings through art making. This may be following difficult or traumatic experiences which may be hard to talk about.
Music is a medium accessible to most people in some form, and can complement non-verbal communication techniques. This is an easy and enjoyable way to practise listening, verbal and memory skills. When playing music, it will require concentration and improve manual dexterity.
This group promotes healthy eating, nutrition and cooking skills. The number of processes involved in cooking is extensive. These include using motor skills, planning and prioritising, following instructions and maintaining a high level concentration. As well as making healthy eating and nutrition accessible, cooking is an important independent living skill. The group use the kitchen facilities within the Occupational Therapy department.
Bingo has been proven to aid memory. It also requires high levels of concentration, precision, quick response and the ability to read and comprehend numbers. As well as requiring extensive cognitive processes bingo allows the practise of fine motor skills.
Quizzes can improve memory, knowledge and recall as well as literacy and comprehension skills. It relies heavily on teamwork which encourages basic social skills, including listening and respecting other peoples input.
Ipads are a valuable addition to our services. It helps our members use applications which will aid their cognitive abilities.
In between these activities our team of staff and volunteers are always on hand to initiate and facilitate small group activities which focus on improving various skills such as cognitive ability, memory, reminiscence, fine motor skills and concentration