Northamptonshire residents can take a step back and take stock of their professional and personal lives next month, when a mini-army of health professionals and students ‘take over the Grosvenor’ Centre.
Occupational Therapy (OT) lecturers and students from the University of Northampton will be on hand at the centre from 10:30am – 3pm on Wednesday 6 November for a day-long, life review ‘drop-in’ event.
The team will be out and about talking to shoppers about where they think they are in life, where they want to be and how occupational therapy can help them get there, explaining the huge benefits OT can have on their everyday lives.
A selection of the many tools of occupational therapy practice that OT’s use to help people achieve this will be showcased at the event’s main stand on the ground floor of the centre, joined by partner organisations including Voluntary Impact Northampton.
The event is being held during the Royal College of Occupational Therapists national awareness week (4–10 Nov) which helps spotlight attention on this important – but less well known – allied health profession.
The awareness week this year is about ‘Small Change, Big Impact’, celebrating and championing the impact of occupational therapy on people’s lives and the communities they live in.
Fiona Burbeary, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, is part of the team who have organised the event: “Mention occupational therapy to the person in the street and there can be some head-scratching about who we are and what we do. But OT’s can do so much to benefit people’s lives, particularly in the way they carry out their everyday activities.
“The aim of our event is to help make a big difference by encouraging small change through conversations with people about how they are living and how this relates to their health. We hope to inspire people to make small changes for a big impact in their lives.”
The OT team will be sharing stories across social media throughout OT Week and will be using the hashtags #UoNOccupations, #SmallChangeBigImpact and #UONOT2019. Follow them on:
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