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Hi, my name is richardsw!

richardswrichardsw Member Posts: 1 Listener
Have just become a Support Worker for an 18 old man with Cerebral Palsy. Looking for ways to keep him occupied and engaged in things
rather than just sat in front of TV.


  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 3,373

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    Hello @richardsw and welcome to our online community.  I'm glad you found us.

    I think it's important to speak with the man you are now support worker for to ask what he would like to do when you are with him.  You are there to help him live an independent life and I am sure he has many ambitions, interests and hobbies that you could come up with a plan for.  Have you spoke to him about it?  
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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,183 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @richardsw Welcome to the community great you have joined us.

    There is lots on here about CP and we also have an expert @Richard_Scope who can guide you

    We also have a CP cafe meeting most Mondays which your client may be interested in.

    Its great you are trying to find new things for your client
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 3,373

    Scope community team

    Great idea about the CP café meeting Jane! :)
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  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @richardsw

    Good Afternoon it’s great to meet you today.

    I am one of a team of Community Champion’s here at Scope 

    We have got a senior member who will be able to offer you some help/advice with regards to cp.

    Hi @Richard_Scope

    Can you please offer me some help with this cp post?????


  • CressCress Member Posts: 498 Pioneering
    Hi @richardsw
    Just to say...I agree with Cher, ask him what he'd like to be doing.
    Always had problems when my son went out with support workers as to he wanted to sit in a cafe and watch the world go by but the support worker had shopping to do...one even took him to the job centre so he could find a new job which I thought a tad insensitive to say the least!
    The thing is, being e enthusiastic and wanting to broaden someone's horizons is great, but if your client just wants to watch telly he's entitled to do just that!
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,727

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    Hi @richardsw
    Thanks for getting in touch. What sort of things is the person you support interested in? That would be the first question. Is he not keen on engaging in other activities?
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  • CressCress Member Posts: 498 Pioneering
    Another thing....bare in mind the costs of activities...
    The care company my son was with kept suggesting days out to sea world and the zoo ect.
    It's as if they think anyone getting dla or pip is minted...my son was on middle care and no mobility at the time so twice weekly visits to theme
    parks etc, baring in mind you had to pay for any expenses for the support worker were not an option...other then for the odd treat.
    Not that my son ever wanted to do this as he hated crowds and noise.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @richardsw! How are things going?
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