Bridge club

Due to the extent of his communication difficulties Douglas struggles to communicate at the bridge club and is largely unable to participate. A fellow club member remembers seeing a poster for the Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Advice Line and calls them. The Advice Line provides information on a local outreach service. This service provides volunteers who act as conversation partners supporting individuals to participate more fully in activities. The volunteer visits Douglas at home to find out what difficulties he is having at the bridge club.

Douglas attends the next bridge club meeting with his conversation partner who advises the group on a number of useful strategies to support him.

Douglas’ worries Agreed adaptations
Not being able to keep up with conversations Douglas and the group agree he will indicate when he has something to say.
Getting mixed up and calling the wrong card Douglas and the group agree how to deal with potential mistakes
Not playing as well as he used to and letting Freddy down Freddy practises calling cards with Douglas

They all agree that they will take it a step at a time and be honest about how it is working. Douglas is reassured and when he returns to the club he realises that, although it might take a while, he is beginning to feel more like himself. Even small adaptations can make a huge impact by allowing a situation to become more accessible to people with a variety of impairments.

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