Activity provision

Two ladies playing the pianoMaking activity count

It’s widely known that the provision of activity in a social care setting has many positive impacts on the health and wellbeing of people who need care and support. From keeping active to overcoming loneliness, improving wellbeing and even reducing the rate of falls.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are also recognising that although good care and support may be delivered, there are areas where there is a shortfall in ensuring that people are engaged in meaningful activities on a regular basis. Activities may be ad hoc or not planned thoroughly, and generally left to one person to coordinate.

The benefits of good activity provision don’t stop with the person needing care and support, the staff will benefit too. Staff being more engaged in the clients’ wellbeing can impact positively on their job satisfaction levels which in turn improves staff morale.

We've created two posters for you to print off and display around your organisation. They explore why meaningful activity is so important and provide simple ideas of how you and your workforce can engage in meaningful activity with the people you provide care and support for.


We created a self-assessment tool to help you assess the current activity provision within your organisation and identify areas where improvements can or should be made.

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We can help you choose the right learning and the right provider for you.

Our ‘Guide to developing your staff’ can help you plan, select and evaluate the right learning for your staff and service.

We can also help you to find high quality learning providers. Skills for Care Endorsement finds and badges learning providers who we see as the best. Our endorsed providers deliver high quality learning and development to the social care sector.

Search for endorsed providers in our online directory.


Adult social care employers can claim back a contribution towards the cost of qualifications and learning programmes through our Workforce Development Fund (WDF).

The 2019-20 WDF provides funding towards the Level 2 Award Supporting Activity Provision in Social Care and the Level 3 Certificate Activity Provision in Social Care.

Find out more here


Activities coordinator, Lornan Weeden told us about a typical day in her role as an activity and lifestyle facilitator why she's so passionate about it. Click here to read her story.

Meaningful activities and getting outdoors is a great way to improve health and wellbeing. Read how one care provider's gardening projects bring lots of benefits for people who use their service.