As part of our fortnightly activities in 2016, group members spent time developing their own games based on the theme of independent living. These were then tested and evaluated amongst ourselves. In 2017, we returned to one of these games with a view to developing the ideas further. We took the notion of a ‘Crystal Maze’ type competition but adapted it for people with learning disabilities and once again, focused on independent living as a core theme. It was designed as a way for Social Agency members to take control of a whole event and facilitate games and exercises on their own, with support from staff where necessary. The result was The Cat’s Cradle, hosted at The Sutherland Centre in Longton. Players came from Stoke, Cheadle and Stafford to compete in small teams to try and win ‘The Golden Moggies’. The afternoon proved to be a great success, both for players, but equally for group members who felt the experience had been extremely beneficial to boosting their confidence in taking a leadership role, and working with people they did not know.
The Cat’s Cradle was funded with support from the Appetite Community Festival and Event fund.