Collaborative Environments – impact of my practice on the individuals and care staff 

  

Laura Spring: I  believe  Artlink  has  a  huge  benefit  to  the  individuals  we  work  with  because  of  it’s  unique  approach. Working  intimately  over  long  periods  of  time  to  establish  relationships  is  rare  in  a  workshop  environment  but completely  necessary  when  working  with  people  with  profound  learning  disabilities. You  learn  about  someone in  an  unconventional  way  as  exchange  and  communication  is  often  through  other  means  other  than  spoken word,  so  the  slightest  gesture  can  become  of  great  significance.    It  is  often  about  working  instinctively  and Artlink  allows  for  the  time  and  space  for  this  to  develop  that  isn’t  always  possible  in  other  areas  of  life  for  the people  we  work  with.  Staff  are  encouraged  to  try  new  ways  of  working  too  and  share  ideas  with  us,  so  that once  a  workshop  is  finished  those  ideas  and  experiments  can  grow  out  with  the  workshop  environment.

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