DIY’s Friday Group is an experienced group of adult leaders with learning disabilities who specialise in planning and delivering Arts and Health projects.
Our activities since March 2020 have moved onto Zoom but we are still busy creating films and other resources to support Arts and Health projects.
Health and Wellbeing
Friday Group have been exploring how drama supports the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’. Originally developed by the New Economics Foundation (nef), these are behaviours which have been shown to support both our physical and mental wellbeing. (Visit the nef website for more information.)
The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are:
- Connect . . . connect with the people around you. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
- Be active . . . Go for a walk, play a game, dance. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
- Take notice . . . Be curious, be aware of what is around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
- Keep Learning . . . Try something new or rediscover an old interest. Take on a new responsibility. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
- Give . . . Help others. Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Say thankyou.
As part of our work online we are sharing some drama games that we often play as part of Friday group. Each game supports one or more of the 5 ways. You can access these on DIY’s YouTube channel – click the link here – Why not try out one of the games and have a think about which of the 5 ways this develops?
Training for Professionals
Over the past two years DIY has been working regularly with Manchester University to deliver a module focusing on arts and health to medical students.
Really great group learnt a lot. Was a pleasure to attend.”
I have learnt a lot about using non-verbal performance, the use of instruments, textures when interacting in a group & performance.”
Conferences & Networking Events
“Thank you to DIY for coming to present a workshop at our first Creative Therapies Conference at University of Salford in October and helping to make it such a memorable event.”Leigh Gardner, Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Salford