The groups headed to Deep Sea World to develop their communication and confidence in social environments.
During the talks and handling sessions, it was good to see that the service users were mindful about the children, letting them go first and allowing them to stand in the front row. The groups worked well together in helping each other locate the various animals in each of the tanks. The service users also showed confidence when taking part in the activities, by going to touch the starfish and asking questions about the sharks after the talk, reaching our second objective. It was especially fun to try to seek the frogs in the terrariums and to identify the different fish species together, which was very educational for the group.
After lunch, the group went back into the centre and looked around a bit more before going to see the feeding of the sharks. It was agreed that the sharks were not very hungry today, and they thought they would splash around a bit more!
The feedback during our evaluation was very positive. The service users really enjoyed the day, exchanging knowledge and reading information about different species together, successfully obtaining our objective of increasing communication and confidence in social environments.