Inspire is currently committed to three Day Services; Aberdeen, Inverurie and Huntly. Our Day Services have moved away from the traditional model and have become increasingly flexible in terms of content and activity. The aim is to support individuals within their communities and to provide the tools, skills and experiences required to enable them to live increasingly fulfilled lives, to broaden their horizons, build upon their independence and to improve employment and social opportunities.
The individuals at our Inverurie Day Service have been encouraged to explore new options which provide learning opportunities and could lead to real jobs. With funding assistance from Aberdeenshire Council, the individuals at the centre have chosen to make luxury, handmade soaps, which they will sell within their local community and further afield. The Day Centre attendees been involved in all aspects of set-up, including research & development, sales & marketing, and will also be responsible for packaging & distribution.
Our Huntly Day service uses group activity as a means of improving communication skills and developing relationships. The Huntly Art Group was set up to help individuals learn the importance of group dynamics and freedom of expression. How they interact with one another is an important learning tool for promoting their independence, and increased feelings of self worth and a sense of pride in the end result have been reported.
Inspire’s Aberdeen Day Service takes advantage of community resources and activities. Working in partnership with St. Mary’s Church, where the Day Centre is predominantly based, the individuals take part in a number of activities, including games, cookery and craft making. The group also enjoy alternative activities within their local community which are both challenging and stimulating, for example. ice skating, ten pin bowling, and trips to Aberdeen’s parks and art galleries.