Our Voice Our Choice Meeting – March 2019

The DSA asked us for our help.

They are thinking about helping people to feel good in happy times and difficult times.

We talked about things that make us happy, things that help us relax and what we would say to a friend who was having a bad day.

These things make us happy:

  • Athletics
  • Travelling
  • Going on the train
  • Remembering my mum
  • Remembering school
  • My family
  • My nieces
  • Xbox
  • Knowing what I am doing
  • My cousin’s baby
  • Doing stuff with my brother and family
  • Talking to people
  • Work
  • Seeing family on Facebook
  • Going on WhatsApp
  • Pop music
  • Listening to music
  • Quiet/calm places
  • Everything about World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
  • Neat and tidy room
  • Being with friends
  • Vegetables from my allotment
  • Holidays
  • Technology iPhone and watch
  • Doing my own jobs around in my flat
  • Making art stuff
  • Drinking coffee
  • Sign language and Makaton
  • Watching Disney films and TV programmes
  • Talking to a friend and to trust them

These things help us relax:

  • Calming music
  • Reading about celebrities
  • Watch TV
  • Sleep
  • Dancing
  • Badminton
  • Running
  • Walking
  • Going to the gym
  • Spending time alone without people talking to me
  • Having fresh air on my own and texting support staff where I am
  • Laughing
  • Laughing with my dad
  • Playing the drums
  • Going clothes shopping
  • Swimming
  • Colouring in and colouring
  • Having a warm bath and hair wash
  • Going in the soft play and sensory room where I work

This is our advice for a friend who is having a bad day:

  • Don’t worry be happy!
  • Give them space – leave them to stay calm in their bedroom
  • Ask if they are ready to talk about their feelings
  • Ask them what they like to do for weekend activities
  • Tell them to have a relaxing bath
  • Ask them to breathe deeply – It helps them to stay calm and relaxed
  • Ask if they would like a nice cup of tea or coffee to relax
  • Ask if they are finding it hard to sleep
  • Give them a hug
  • Support them
  • Be kind to people
  • Cuddle some people
  • Make them happy