We knew we had a workshop today for 10 adults with learning disabilities but had little other information to plan with. But we did make a plan and then deviated from it as soon as the group arrived.
Aged between 50 and 65’ish the group, we were informed, had all grown up in a devout Catholic community in France at a time when learning disability was shamed and thought of as a punishment to parents. So these lovely people have been institutionalised until fairly recently when, thank goodness, attitudes changed and they began to live in supported community settings.
What we found was a group united in its resistance to participate in the aerial work. A few tried out the cocoons for a moment or two and we had fun with the warm-up exercises. However they seemed to really enjoy the impromptu performance of The Kingfisher and the Damselfly and were very vocal in their praise and thanks.
We ended the afternoon with tea and cake, hand dances and more parachute activity plus a couple of songs.