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Cognus OTs celebrate World Occupational Therapy Day

Two of our amazing Occupational Therapists, Emma Perridge (Post-16 OT Lead) and Alex Benjamin (Principal Occupational Therapist) celebrated World Occupational Therapy Day on 27 October 2021 by presenting a workshop to young people from the Epsom Super 1’s cricket club.  

The workshop was titled Feeling Empowered and focussed on understanding what empowerment means and how young people can feel empowered by being as independent as possible and learn and practice new life skills. 

Each young person had the opportunity to think about their strengths, what is important to them, their dreams, their goals and how to achieve this in order to feel empowered.   

They were provided with the Goal Planning Tool sheet to enable them to plan how to achieve their goals and their next steps. This tool will empower them to identify and keep track of any future goals they might have.  

It was wonderful to hear about the goals that these young people have, including learning how to shop and cook independently, making phone calls to set up appointments, sending out their CV’s in order to get a job and even learning how to drive!

Some feedback from Neil Bunting (Disability Development Office at Surrey County Cricket Club), “Many thanks Emma to you and Alex for running such a fabulous session today.  It had such a powerful effect on the group and I’m sure will allow them all to make great progress with their goals.” 

‘Empowerment’ is one of Cognus’ company values and it was truly an inspiring morning empowering amazing young people. Emma is hoping that this workshop will be rolled out to other Super 1’s cricket clubs in collaboration with the Lord’s Taverners organization to help more young people feel empowered!  

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