Butterfly Group wins Lord Provost’s Award

Award recognises efforts of Dundee HSCP Learning Disability services.

The Butterfly Group, run at the Wellgate Day Support Services, has won The Lord Provost’s Award as part of the 2019 Dundee City Council Awards for Outstanding Service and Commitment.

The Lord Provost’s Award is given to those who have demonstrated achievements in exceptional circumstances. Staff from Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership Learning Disability services were delighted to receive the award for work carried out with the Butterfly Group.

Lord Provost Award REPORT
Tracy Simpson, Andrea Steadman, Lesley Williamson, Lynn Borrie, Pam Brown

The Butterfly Group is a 10-week community based programme which provides practical activities for an ageing learning disability population who were showing signs of memory loss. The programme was devised and delivered through collaboration between Specialist Occupational Therapy (OT) services and Community Learning Disability Nurses.

Participants engage in practical, creative activities to underpin new learning or raised awareness of the ageing process. Alongside OT and CLDN, visiting specialists facilitate elements of the program including a multi-sensory storyteller and Music Therapist. Age-related issues are addressed and individuals create their own Memory Box which provides opportunities to reminisce.

Based on the success of two community-based Butterfly groups, management and staff of the Wellgate Day Service invited the project to run a program within the Centre.  This has resulted in centre-based staff being upskilled in delivering the Butterfly program ensuring an ongoing legacy of this work, with plans to introduce the Butterfly Group into other centres across the city.

For further information please contact Lynn Borrie, Occupational Therapist 01382 438438.

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