My name is John-Marc Compérat, I am a student learning disability nurse currently studying at the University of South Wales. I’m soon to commence the third and final year of my studies and continue my journey of lifelong learning, whilst practising as a Registered Learning Disability Nurse (RNLD); all being well that is.
It’s taken me a while to get here; I’ve made various stops upon my journey, studied numerous subjects along the way and had multiple careers. However, the ‘University of Life’ has equipped me with an interesting set of skills that has helped lead me to this point.
So, you might be wondering “what on earth is Resource Buddy? And what do your ‘skills’ have to do with it anything?” I’ll get to that shortly.
My so-called journey has seen me spend over a decade and a half working within the health and social care sector. I’ve been lucky and managed to gain experience from a wide variety of roles within primary, secondary and tertiary services and, I’ve worked alongside some wonderful individuals.
The last eight years have afforded me the opportunity to work for, and with people with a learning disability and/or mental health problems. The principal focus of this work has involved me working with a multitude of professionals to promote positive health outcomes for the people accessing services, to support skill building and coping strategies, and help people to improve their wellbeing to achieve their best lives. However, there are barriers to someone achieving their ‘best life’, and within health and social care I have incessantly experienced three familiar, but infamous ones; money, time and resources.
Having good quality resources to hand has always been important when attempting to provide high quality care and support for people. However, finding resources that are accessible and affordable has proved difficult throughout my career. This has often led to a delay in the delivery of an intervention or impacted on the outcome and efficacy of good care that is being provided. I’ve regularly ended up making my own resources, which requires a certain amount of computer literacy, access to the programs and above all else, it takes a lot of time! Valuable time that could be spent engaging with the people we work with.
Utilising my so-called ‘skills’, I wanted to provide a place where good quality, affordable and accessible resources could be found and utilised quickly, all in one place; that’s how Resource Buddy was born. In a society where information is ‘just a click away’, I wanted to attempt to support the therapeutic intervention and co-production of the individuals accessing our services by providing a free website and blog that anyone could access, download or share resources that have been of benefit to them whilst working with individuals with Learning Disabilities and or Mental Health problems. For example, resources for Mindfulness, Communication or Arts & Activities.
So, please, take a look at www.resourcebuddy.co.uk , it’s in its infancy at the moment, however I’m hoping to continue its development and upload more resources soon. Feel free to comment or post your own blog post on there. If you have made any resources yourself that you’d like to share, or want to suggest a resource you found useful, leave a comment on the ‘Blog and Comments’ page or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
After all, sharing is caring, and caring is what we do.
For more information about BSc (hons) Nursing: Learning Disabilities, please visithttps://www.southwales.ac.uk/courses/bachelor-of-nursing-honslearning-disabilities/
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