Dear Uniquely Me and U
My daughter who is a 24 year old autistic person has been attending the art group which is held on every Tuesday in Tamworth. She was very quiet to start with but was made very welcome and now will ask every week to go.
She has made at least ten new friends which she sees each week and has become more social and vocal with them talking about different art items and other social activities they all do. They have learned all types of art activities and had an art show last September this year and met lots of new people and was talking to them about her art. This was a very big thing for her.
The group helps her have an interest which helps her communicate and interact within a situation known to her that is safe. Also offers her a friendly calm atmosphere for her to freely socialise with new friends.
– L P
J is 51 years old and has physical and learning disabilities. Previously, J had attended a Community Cafe on a Thursday afternoon for several years, supported by her Personal Assistant (PA) and accompanied by her house mate.
J’s PA was keen to find a new activity for her to try, as the Cafe sessions were becoming very repetitive and she was not engaged. J came along to the ‘Uniquely Me and U’ music group on a Thursday and enjoyed it so much that she has been attending every week for over two months.
In the short period of time J has been coming to the group, I have noticed her confidence increase significantly and she has made lots of new friends. She has enjoyed listening to music and singing along to her favourite songs. J loves to dance and is no stranger to the dance floor during the session. She especially likes dancing to ‘The Twist’ and singing along to songs from the Sixties. Everyone is made to feel welcome within a relaxed and informal environment.
J said “I look forward to coming to the group as everyone is so happy and friendly. I enjoy the singing and dancing and have lots of fun!”.
– Julie Ravell (Personal Assistant) December 2017
Music Group Testimony
F has been coming to Uniquely Me and U for the last few months.
In that time I have watched her grow in confidence. Before coming to this group she attended a larger group and never felt brave enough to join in with the singing and dancing.
Yvonne, who runs the group, has a special gift in encouraging everyone to join in with the singing and dancing without them feeling self conscious.
F loves coming each Thursday and really looks forward to it. Her face lights up when we tell her it is the afternoon for Uniquely Me and U.
– Carol R.E.