Trendsetters help Dayo lead the life he wants to!

Trendsetters group

The Trendsetters group of young disabled people spent the day with a team from Advocreate sharing ideas using mime, sound, speeches, poems and even a bit of rapping! They were given the task of helping a wannabe actor ‘Dayo’ overcome different obstacles on his way to an audition.

  • He has no money to buy a costume
  • He has a problem with his dad
  • He doesn’t believe he’s good enough to audition
  • He’s nervous about joining a drama class in his community
  • He gets told the drama class is full because someone is worried he’ll be better than them
  • Someone at the drama class suggests he’s ‘different’

Scope has been working with Manchester Metropolitan University to think about the kinds of things, like people and experiences, that can help you lead the life you want to lead. It’s great to be assertive, but you don’t have to always rely on just yourself. Advocreate took some of these ideas and turned the workshop into a few hours of fun ‘creative advocacy’.

So much was talked about on the day, the Trendsetters thought we could share some of the discussion in a short guide on this website. We’ll use photos to explain some of the ideas about what can help someone lead the life they want to lead and you’ll find out whether Dayo made it to the audition…

If you would like to come to next year’s workshop, you need to be a Trendsetter .Find out how to join Trendsetters here.

Roman House resident’s short film about communication

Simon Pugsley, who lives at our Roman House residential service, has been involved with creating a short film with Hampshire County Council around communication.

Hampshire County Council, in partnership with the Big Lottery-funded Learning at the Centre Project at Basingstoke Discovery Centre, has been working with people who have communication difficulties to create a training film to help staff and others to communicate more confidently with people who find speech challenging.

This small group, supported by staff from the Learning at the Centre Project, Hampshire Learning Centre and Adult Services, wrote and made a short film whose key message is to “have patience and listen”.

The producers say, “The film is sometimes challenging to watch as there are no subtitles, but people do not speak in subtitles – patience and listening carefully with respect will provide the answers. The film will be used as a training aid by Hampshire County Council, but with the agreement of the group who made the film it is freely available to all organisations and individuals, particularly those who come into everyday contact with people who sometimes struggle to be heard and get their point across. The film was supported by the Learning at the Centre Project as a development opportunity for participants.”

Watch How to talk to me on YouTube.