My name’s Sophie and I’m a support worker for adults living with complex and life-changing mental and physical conditions. My role is to aid them in living active and fulfilling lives that encourage self-development, confidence and learning.
I set up Creative Rhythms because over time I’ve seen first-hand the therapeutic value of music, art and nature as tools for building self awareness, creativity, confidence and new skills – not to mention happiness! In previous positions I’ve supported sufferers of dementia, seeing them come alive again when old songs spark nostalgia, and I was also lucky enough to care for a boy with Down’s Syndrome for five years, in a personal capacity. Definitely one of the most beautiful souls I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He loved nothing more than sharing his enthusiasm for singing, dancing and art with me, and he started to really bloom through these activities (and so did I). These relationships and learning curves are reciprocal!
I don’t feel too comfortable with the term disabled; I prefer to think ‘dif-abled’, or differently abled. ‘Dis’ implies there’s something wrong, whereas all I see is something different; unique. Admirable. The truth is that everyone I’ve ever met with profound and multiple learning difficulties has taught me something important and beautiful: something that a mentally able and physical person has never shown me. Each and every one of us has something important to express, and something unique to teach the rest of us. I believe art and music, along with regular time spent working with nature are routes that are universally inclusive and accessible, enabling experiences to be more easily shared.
Please note that I am not a qualified music or an art therapist. I am an intuitive, passionate and person-centred support worker with a deep interest in using nature and the creative arts as transformational therapy. I’m also an obsessive amateur musician and artist. I love playing drums and various percussion instruments; I love singing and dancing, learning guitar and enjoying listening to all kinds of music. I also spend a lot of time in the woods and in my garden: growing my own food, planting seeds and watching the seasons change. I like to paint and make things, I love being up to my elbows in paint, clay, glue, and any other messy crafty things that enable me to get lost in time and space. That’s one of the wonderful things that these sessions can do: help people to forget their anxieties and really live in the present moment. They can also bring a sense of peace and contentment, happiness and positivity.
“Disability is articulated as a struggle, an unnecessary burden that one must overcome to the soundtrack of a string crescendo. But disabled lives are multi-faceted – brimming with personality, pride, ambition, love, empathy, and wit.” – Sinead Burke
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