Today was my first day volunteering at Cerebral Palsy Midlands and it has been a really positive experience. I have really enjoyed getting to know the amazing service users and staff and finding out about some of the great activities that take place here. Today I also had the opportunity to observe and take part in a Tai-Chi session with some of the service users, which was fantastic. I really enjoyed the session and got to see service users with varying degrees of physical ability engaging with and really enjoying the activity. 
The instructor was able to incorporate the movements of Tai-Chi and introduce the service-users imaginations into the activity enabling those who couldn’t physically do the movements to take part with those who could. The service users seem to rally benefit from the activity, here is what some of them had to say about it; 
“I find Tai-Chi extremely beneficial” service-user Anthony 
“I find it relaxing” service-user Heather 
“Tai-Chi gives me energy, relaxes me, and helps me to get rid of my frustration” service user Tehseen 
“We like the movement” service-users Barry & Leanne 
“I like the exercise I get in Tai-chi” service-user Emma 
“I love the relaxation I get from Tai-Chi, it helps me to focus and it makes me forget about my disability” service-user Sam 
It was very interesting to hear the service-users perspectives on the Tai-chi sessions, they are clearly enjoying and benefiting from it in a range of different ways. I’m really looking forward to taking part in some of the other activities that take place here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands, hearing the service users perspectives on them and possibly planning an interesting activity myself in the future. 
 
By Health & Social Care student at Newman University, Kelly Rose 
Tagged as: Tai Chi, Volunteering
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On 10th January 2017 at 16:03, sally haynes-preece wrote:
As their teacher all I can say it is a real pleasure to deliver this class. Kelly I am so glad you enjoyed it :-)