Arts & Crafts/ASDAN Co-ordinator

Sallie Maris

Sallie enjoys arts and crafts and introducing new and different crafts to people, helping them to achieve something that they wouldn’t usually try. In her weekly sessions at Richardson Care, she works on projects with service users that capture their imagination, helps them to improve their concentration and dexterity, while they do something that they really enjoy.

For service users with an acquired brain injury, Sallie finds suitable projects for individuals according to their needs and functional abilities. Completing them gives the service users confidence and satisfaction, while improving their skills and dexterity. Concentration levels vary, but they tend to be very high when working on arts projects, so this helps service users to switch off from their everyday thoughts and relax.

When working with service users with learning disabilities, Sallie usually provides them with the opportunity to make things to share with their families – for example for Mother’s Day, Easter or Christmas. This helps them to concentrate on the project and is very rewarding.

Sallie is also our ASDAN Co-ordinator. ASDAN is the Awards Scheme Development Accreditation Network, which provides courses to thousands of training providers. The courses offer flexible learning opportunities and enable skills to be recognised with accredited and independently verified qualifications. Richardson Care became an officially recognised ASDAN accreditation centre in May 2012.

Sallie supports and assesses service users in the ASDAN courses. These include subjects such as Independent Living, Myself and Others, and Numeracy Skills – all at various levels.

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