Widening horizons and stretching boundaries – our first round of IMCYP courses have been a resounding success!

Our committed Children and Young People’s Enablement Officer, Natalie Thompson, tells us about the success of our first round of IMCYP (Independence Matters for Children and Young People) courses which took place at Atherton House in Manchester:

natalie thompson“Well, what a summer we’ve had! We’ve had four IMCYP courses over August and each one was a resounding success… even if I say so myself! All of our children and young people showed a substantial increase in independence upon completion, which is absolutely incredible! I’d like to say a massive well done to everyone involved; I hope you’re all using the skills you’ve learnt here at Henshaws, at home.

A participating young adult summarised the course as ‘widening horizons and stretching boundaries’, which was very inspirational!

Robin cooking

Another simply commented, “I found I could cook stuff instead of leaving it to everyone else!” This was also fantastic to hear (especially for his parents I can imagine!). This is why I’m here; to encourage independent living and aspirations in children and young people, so it’s awesome to know it is happening.

The IMCYP courses are designed to improve skills around daily living, socio-emotional, technology, safety in travel and ambitions and aspirations, whilst encouraging supportive friendships between participants. We do this by using fun and effective activities throughout the courses such as creating and recording friend adverts, making delicious tomato soup and soda bread, and discovering suitable new apps on the iPad.

Within our professional delivery team of rehabilitation officers (Henshaws), Habilitation Officers (Guide Dogs for the Blind) and IT practitioners, we make sure the children and young people involved receive the required level of support throughout so they can achieve their personal goals towards independence.Image of Alice washing up in the kitchen at one of our IMCYP courses.

Our Parents Workshops are also proving effective. We’ve received fantastic positive feedback in regards to the one-day session which covers subjects such as strategies on how best to support your child with daily living skills, the chance to trial useful aids and equipment, information on beneficial services and the opportunity to meet other parents with similar experiences.

I’m so looking forward to meeting the new recruits for October and supporting them in achieving their independence potential.

If you would like more details on the October courses, including dates and information on the Parents Workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0161 872 1234, or email me at natalie.thompson@henshaws.org.uk.

Watch Ben’s video diary to find out what he enjoyed most about the course

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