Fresh Focus and Supportive Employment programme provides independent day care centres for adults with learning disabilities, enabling their service users to develop empowerment through inclusion, integration, confidence and self-advocacy in the local community.
Over the past three months, Reading Rooms’ Mobile Project Officer Stephanie Campbell has been visiting four Fresh Focus centres: Killadeas Day Centre and Lackaboy Unit 1 in Enniskillen, Tir Navar Day Centre in Derrygonnelly and Fresh Focus Lisnaskea.
“The sessions went very well, with participants enjoying sharing the stories, and being part of the Reading Rooms,” said Stephanie. “The First Day of Snow went down very well, from Japanese author Naoko Awa. We read the story the week before Christmas, so it linked in very well to the time of year. All the groups said they really enjoyed the sessions, and hoped to have Reading Rooms back in the future.”
Fresh Focus is run by the Western Health and Social Care Trust, with the sessions funded by Public Health Agency, through the CLEAR Project. Some of the stories and poems the groups read together included:
My Father is a Polar Bear by Michael Murpurgo
Bear in There by Shel Silverstein
Reunion by John Cheever
Follower by Seamus Heaney
Children by Anton Chekhov
Keys to the Doors by Robin Robinson
Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
On Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
The Self Unseeing by Thomas Hardy
Sealskin, Soulskin by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Verbal hope to have the opportunity to work with the groups again in the near future, thank you.