Clients of Rural Northwest Health’s Day Program haven’t stop talking about how much they enjoyed their Discover Your Hidden Talents week.
Day Program clients from Beulah and Warracknabeal attended four small-group sessions over two days where they; reminisced with items from bygone eras, got their hands dirty potting plant cuttings, laughed along to clowns telling jokes and performed fun scientific experiments.
Clients were asked to assess the sessions at the end and every single form noted how much fun they had and that everyone enjoyed the unique program.
Day program coordinator Tony Wagenknecht said Discover Your Hidden Talents was brainstormed from feedback with the clients.
“When we asked clients what they would like to see in Day Program, some of them said they would like the opportunity to try things with smaller groups occasionally,” Mr Wagenknecht said.
“Once we decided a format of how we would put it together, it was just a matter of working out what activities we could try,” he said.
“This resulted through suggestions from both clients and team members and proved to be a big hit with everybody.
“We all got plenty of enjoyment out of it.”
Mr Wagenknecht was in charge of scientific experiments where he demonstrated exploding Coke bottles and electrical charges in lemons. Katrina Rosser and Sue Forsyth showed how to plant pots from various cuttings, Karen Miller had a mini museum of historical clothing and household items while Jenny McGrath dressed as a clown and told jokes.
On the back of its success, the team plan to run the interactive small group program at least twice a year.