Nelson Mandela

Considering Mental Capacity

When considering someone’s mental capacity its is important to bear in mind that the right to self-determination is enshrined in law. In 1948 Eleanor Roosevelt, as the chair of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, was the driving force in creating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Act (1948). Since 1948 there have been laws […]

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Involving More People in service evaluation

Involving people with a learning disability in service evaluation is both essential and challenging. Maria Lavery speech and language therapist, and her colleagues in North and South Lanarkshire are using Talking Mats to get feedback about the service they deliver for¬†people with a learning disability . They want to find out about what people feel […]

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Talking Mats to support conversations in a hospice setting

We are currently working to develop a Talking Mats resource to support conversations relating to Advance Care Planning (ACP) with staff and patients from Strathcarron Hospice. People who use hospices often have specific difficulties communicating their thoughts and feelings because of advanced illness and emotional factors. Sixteen staff from the multidisciplinary team at Strathcarron Hospice […]

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Hearing the Voices of Looked After Children and Young People

Laura Holmes was pleased to meet up with Rachel Clemow, Head Teacher and Donna Wood, Education Support Worker who work for the Virtual Schools Team in Wigan to find out about the impact of Talking Mats training. Donna accessed a Talking Mats Training last year delivered by a Talking Mats ¬†accredited Trainer in Wigan Educational […]

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NZ view

Talking Mats trip to New Zealand

This is the second blog about Lois and Nicki’s amazing visit to Australasia – this time theirTalking Mats trip to New Zealand. The view flying into New Zealand was dramatic. We looked down on a beautiful range of snow topped mountains glistening in the clear blue sky as our plane flew towards Christchurch. Our first […]

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