John lives in an extra care housing scheme but had been staying in his room not mixing with others or in the local community. Our aim was to get him out of his room to engage with meaningful activities and people. John lives with bipolar; he says this makes relationships with others difficult. John has travelled extensively and is a retired professional.

‘Because of my particular condition I find it hard to socialise however I look forward to the craft sessions and enjoy the companionship of others and working on the various projects’

John has attended sessions twice a week from the start of the project in January. Attendance is regular apart from a short spell in hospital. John has tried out a wide variety of activities and now knows what types of tools and materials he likes to use.

He avoids textile construction and prefers painting, drawing and picture making. All these skills are new to him. He works on individual more long-term projects than many in the group and is using his excellent fine motor skills. John likes to look at art, talk about art and reference books are provided for him.

Throughout sessions John is calm and is encouraged to take breaks when he feels the need. During these he observes others working, interacting positively and enthusiastically about their work. After 6 months John was encouraged to help set up and put away after sessions, he now uses his initiative on these tasks. John has been encouraged to complete monthly individual feedback forms with those with visual impairments.