Untapped Potential – Setting Free the Support

Prism Arts and Haltwhistle Film Project have partnered up to provide an innovative training package for Support Workers working in Day Care and Residential Facilities.

Untapped Potential

Untapped Potential aims to:

  • Improve staff retention and job satisfaction
  • Enhance the quality of your service
  • Give clients a more rewarding experience
  • Re-engage and motivate support staff
  • Make stretched budgets go further
  • Reduce recruitment costs

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‘Working with fantastic artists has helped us to get the best out of our clients, we are learning to step back and allow clients to make choices and develop their own work, I can’t speak highly enough about Prism Arts, Haltwhistle Film Project and your artists.’
– Support Worker, Carlisle Day Services

The Training Programme

The training programme focuses on the development of new communication skills using the creative process as a vehicle.  The training is designed specifically for Support Workers working with older people or adults with a learning disability.

“On the job” training can be provided for up to 6 members of staff, working with their existing client group.  Trained and experienced artists will work alongside staff on a weekly basis; however the package can be tailored to suit the requirements of the facility.

Ideally the training programme will take place over 11 weeks.  The 11 week programme will start and end with staff training and feedback sessions.  Additional practical sessions can be included working with digital media or in a particular art form.

Staff will be engaged in the development of a creative project idea, which will form the basis of the 11 week training programme.  During the training period service users would shape and realise this idea, supported by staff and artists.  By the end of the course staff will have:

  • Developed new creative facilitating skills and are sustaining the project independently.
  • Developed new communication skills using creativity and digital processes.

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‘The training was so exciting, the drive of the training is about including everyone in the room, no matter what their preferred learning styles might be. Staff could also see the impact the training had in terms of engaging participants – this was very powerful.’
– Centre Manager, Carlisle Day Services

Measuring progress – a two way process:  During the programme we will provide evaluation forms so that staff can measure individual progress and help us to improve and adapt the training.

Benefits to staff will be:

  • New communication skills
  • New practical creative facilitation skills
  • Engaging in a new training experience, designed around your needs
  • Developing new approaches to delivering great services for service users
  • Develop sustainable arts projects
  • The development of leadership and planning skills

If you are interested in the opportunity to join our subsidised programme, running over the next 18 months, contact:

email: office@prismarts.org.uk  Tel:01228 455671

For a series of short films about our training packages, including customer feedback from day centres and staff, please follow the following link:

Website by Haltwhistle Film Project


The Happiness Journey: a film from our pilot programme at Langrigg House:

The Enchanted Life of Dorothy and Friends: a film from our training programme at Ella Thompson: 


Or you can watch our photo slideshow from our first pilot at Chrysalis:

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More photos from the pilot programmes (click to enlarge):

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