Amy Wilson, Guideposts Trust, 22nd January 2013

On the 22nd January Amy from the charity Guideposts Trust came to see us and tell us about its work. Guideposts is a charity based in Oxfordshire and runs a multitude of different services for those that are facing social exclusion and disadvantage and those who are vulnerable and frail. These include music therapy, help at home fun clubs, dig n grow and a dementia helpline.

One of the projects that Guideposts provide is Dig ‘n’ Grow. This is a therapeutic gardening project which encourages all groups of people to learn and share gardening skills in a calm relaxing and non threatening environment. This helps them rediscover confidence and self esteem and helps mental health and encourages people to develop and express creativity. But it doesn’t just end here: their work with children and young people is inspiring. The Guideposts Trust believes that children and young people with disabilities should have the same chances as their able-bodied peers and it provides specialist activities in an inclusive environment such as fun clubs and holiday clubs which help take the stress away from families and give the children an outlet to express themselves and discover their potential.

The dementia support services they provide are innovative and have a person-centered approach to providing care and support which includes a 24hr support helpline so there is always someone on the end of the line in times of need. As a theraputic tool, music therapy is provided in the care centres as it provides a range of benefits and well being to the people with dementia.

It was a thoroughly interesting talk and very enlightening. For more information check out their web page.