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 depression and even reducing the rate of falls.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are also recognising that although good care may be given, 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.

Meaningful activity: who does it benefit?

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.

What’s next?

Over the coming months we’ll be looking at how we can support you to review your current activity provision. We’ll be developing, in association with partner organisations, a checklist for employers to identify their current provision and signpost to where they can get support, resources and maybe funding to develop further.

We’ll be working with several care employers who have identified a need in their activity provision. We’ll be supporting them to develop their offer further and identifying improvements that can be made. These small pilots will help highlight the positive impact a change in the approach to activity provision can have. 

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Sharing stories

In August we spoke with activities coordinator, Lornan Weeden who 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.