The first-ever National Activity Providers and Professional Week, was hosted by NAPA between the 24th and 28th January 2022.
Thousands took to social media to show their support and to celebrate the contributions of Activity Providers everywhere.
The week was provided in partnership with NAAP (The National Association of Activity Professionals in the United States), Care England, NCF and Scottish Care.
Activity Providers and care settings were invited to pledge their support, attend education, consultation and entertainment events across the week. The feedback was amazing, with one Activity Provider sharing
‘I am so emotional, thank you NAPA for leading this show of appreciation, it really matters.’
The week began with the release of a film of appreciation. Leaders from across the sector shared their support for NAPP week and celebrated the incredible difference Activity Providers make. Watch below.
NAPA launched The NAPA Year of Creativity with a special episode of
Tea Tuesday, a panel of specialists discussed ‘What is Creativity Anyway?
NAPA and My Home Life England held a consultation event to understand the essential relationship between an Activity Provider and Care Home Managers, the consultation will lead to a good practice resource for care homes. For more information about this work contact firstname.lastname@example.org
NAAP US and NAPA held a LIVE Facebook session and connected Activity Providers in the States with Activity Providers in the UK on the topic of Navigating the Future.
Finally, we came together at an online party to celebrate and have fun! The ABBAsolutley Fabulous party generously supported by Majesticare Luxury Care Homes, was attended by thousands of Activity Providers, their families, friends, colleagues as well as people who use care and support services. An amazing time was had by all!
”Hilary Woodhead NAPA’s Executive Director said: ‘We are overwhelmed by the level of interest and engagement in NAPP Week and we thank all Activity Providers across the UK for their outstanding dedication and commitment. We appreciate every one of you. We are so proud of the Activity Provider workforce; supporting people to live content, connected and creative lives, every single day.’
Next year NAAP week will take place in January 2023 – watch this space!
Show Your Support
Professor Martin Green OBE Chief Executive: Care England
When an individual requires support and care they need not only clinical and health supports to keep them well and healthy, but they also need support which enables them not to just survive but to live life to the fullest. The hundreds of activity professionals working across the country are an amazing group of women and men. It is they who through their creativity and ingenuity, through their skill and abilities, make such a difference to so many people in care homes and people who use supports in day and community settings. It is this workforce who work alongside older individuals and those with disabilities helping them to get in touch with their own creativity, to learn new skills and discover new abilities. They are individuals who deserve every bit of recognition we can give them.”