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How to make your support sessions festive this holiday season

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas or you’re enjoying some meaningful moments with your family and friends, the Mable Team hopes your holiday season is relaxing and helps you feel ready for 2019. If you’d like to make this festive season memorable, we’ve found some activities that can help brighten your holiday season.

Tick off those Christmas errands

The festive season usually comes with a long list of errands including everything from searching for gifts, picking up ingredients for a festive lunch, finding some candles and putting up decorations around the home. If your list of errands is looking daunting, you could to connect with an independent support worker on the Mable platform who could help you visit the local shops to start ticking off your errands. Or, if you’re an independent support worker on Mable, you could mix up your Christmas shopping by going alongside a client.

Find the perfect gifts

During the festive season, many families exchange gifts to show their appreciation for those they love most. Each year, you might be finding it harder to find a suitable gift for those in your family – don’t worry, you’re not the only one!

With an independent support worker on Mable, you could get the right support to help you discover the right gifts for everyone in your family – you might just knock over all your gift shopping in just one day. If you’re searching for some gift inspiration for those in your family who are ageing or living with a disability, take a look at our gift guide for seniors and our accessible gift guide.

Do a practice run of your festive feast

Are you in charge of feeding the family this Christmas? If your answer is yes, you might be wondering if you can cook all your festive dishes before the big day. If you’re feeling under pressure to cook all those meals to perfection, an independent support worker on Mable could help make things easier.

To feel even more prepared, you could do a practice run of your festive dishes or cook on Christmas Eve with an independent support worker to save yourself some time. If you’re an independent support worker, you could help one of your clients increase their cooking skills and practice independence by asking them to team up with you for your Christmas feast.

Head to your local Christmas carols

Want to escape a busy festive household? To ensure you can get some space when you need it most, you could take a quick break from the family festivities by heading out to your local Christmas carols or festive markets in your local community. If you feel you need to get away from the family for a few hours, you could connect with an independent support worker or a client who is interested in attending a community event alongside you.

Host a festive holiday party

Want to create a memorable festive party for your community, friends and family, but want some support to do it? Alongside your independent support worker, you could organise some festive foods to share, create and hang some decorations and even organise some festive-themed gift bags for those invited.

Volunteer to support those in your community

For many people, Christmas is a time of giving back to not just your family and friends, but also to people in the community who need support most. If you’d like to lend a hand at a local soup kitchen, community centre, food stall or shelter but need some transport, companionship or support to do so, you could do so alongside a reliable independent support worker. Or, to help your client feel positive about being within the community, you could ask them to accompany you to a volunteering initiative or community event.

Get some summer sun

Want to soak up some much-needed vitamin D after those long winter months? Summer is the perfect time to get out in the sun, but you should also remember to be sun-safe by wearing protective clothing, applying sunscreen and avoiding direct sunlight at the hottest times of the day. If you need some support to ensure you stay safe in the sun, you could connect with a support worker who is ready to hit your local beach or swimming pool.

Have some exciting ideas for the festive season? With Mable, you could connect to support that can make your holiday ideas come to life and meet clients to make your holidays exciting. Head to Mable to get started.

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