Having a virtual support session (over video chat) with your support worker means that even in these unusual times, you can enjoy social companionship, maintain your regular support session routine, and learn new skills and practise old ones.
There are tons of ways you can spend a virtual support session, from baking and arts and crafts to writing greeting cards to loved ones and learning percussion!
Decide what you want from your session
Getting the most out of your virtual support session means achieving a goal or feeling a certain way afterwards. Communicate this to your support worker before your next session.
- “I want to finish an entire crossword puzzle before the session ends.”
- “I want to master a new skill.”
- “I want my support worker to get me started on sewing a bandana for my dog and I can finish it in my own time.”
- “I want to do an activity that makes me feel calm and relaxed for the day.”
- “I want to feel energised and excited by what I’ve learned.”
How to spend the time wisely in your virtual support sessions
An hour goes by quickly so it’s important there’s some structure to your sessions. A good way to make sure you get the most out of it is to have a plan before each one.
It could be something like this:
- 10-minute check-in – Chat with your support worker so you can share how you’ve been feeling and what’s been happening in your life since the last session. Your support worker will also discuss how today’s activity will work.
- 20-minute do-along activity – You and your support worker will do the activity together, with them guiding you through and answering any questions. You’ll see their efforts and show them yours.
- 20 minutes silently practising together – Now you can work on your activity quietly, with your support worker watching on. You can put on some music in the background if you prefer to.
- 10 minutes discussing the session – By this time, you’ll have finished the activity, or finished working on it until you can take it up again next session. You and your support worker will chat about your project and how helpful and enjoyable you found it.
Communicating with your support worker is key so they know how best to help you achieve what you want.