Celebrating Occupational Therapy in North Somerset

The vitally important role of occupational therapists in North Somerset is being celebrated during Occupational Therapy Week (4 – 10 November).

Run by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the week promotes the value of occupational therapy, highlighting the important role it plays in helping people carry out essential everyday activities.

In North Somerset, occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages who have a wide range of conditions and who are experiencing difficulties in performing day to day tasks. This might be due to a mental health illness, physical or learning disabilities.

The theme for this year’s national awareness week is ‘small change, big impact.’ To mark this, the council has made a short video explaining what occupational therapy is, the type of support occupational therapists can offer and how they make a positive difference to someone’s life.

Cllr Mike Bell, executive member for North Somerset Council with responsibility for adult social care, said: “Occupational therapy plays a critical and vital role in our communities, supporting people so they can carry out the everyday tasks that you or I may take for granted.

“We’re proud to be supporting Occupational Therapy Week. It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the role of occupational therapists in helping people to be as independent as possible for as long as possible.

“You can show your support and get involved by using the hashtag #OTWeek2019 on social media and by sharing the short video we’ve made which highlights the many ways occupational therapy helps people across North Somerset.”

Julia Scott, CEO, Royal College of Occupational Therapists said: “Every day, across the UK occupational therapists change lives for the better. Occupational Therapy Week 2019 is a fantastic time to celebrate this. The Royal College knows very well how hard our members work and the extent of the difference they make, and we want everyone else to know too. I am encouraging everyone to be loud and proud and get involved in the campaign using the hashtag #OTWeek2019.”

If you would like more information about how occupational therapy could help you visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/occupationaltherapy or call Care Connect on 01275 888 801. You can also visit the council’s Equipment and Demonstration Centre on Winterstoke Road, Weston-super-Mare, for free advice about living aids, equipment and home adaptations to help you live independently at home. The centre is open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Friday and you can ring them on 01934 888 804.