The Communication Group meets every second Wednesday afternoon in the training room or the snug between 1.30 pm and 3 pm and alternates with the Cinema Club.
One of the aims of the Communication Group is to focus on different types of communication by following the principles of “Total Communication” and to gain knowledge and understanding of them.
“Total Communication” is about helping people to communicate with each other using their preferred method of communication. It is a nationally recognised process of communicating by speech, body language, facial expressions, symbols, pictures, objects, Makaton signing, photographs, writing, talking mats, videos, DVDs, computers as appropriate to the individual etc.
The Communication Group regularly learn and practice Makaton signing and use different tools and resources such as books, games, quizzes, objects, photographs, signs, websites, signing to songs etc. Makaton signing is a recognised form of communication used in more than 40 countries worldwide.
The Communication Group also acts as “community communicators” by supporting the Community Mapping project where they ascertain what activities, resources and services are available within the community and what is not and this information is presently at RRRC on a mapped board.
The Communication Group also finds out what is available in the wider community that RRRC can become involved with. For example the group are currently involved in finding out information about the pavement conditions in the town in general and relaying it back to a Development officer at Aberdeenshire Council.
The group also finds out about community projects, activities and groups that RRRC can become involved with as well as any other form of community participation.
The Communication Group also. The group collate information for the matters arising and the agenda and they will write up the meetings. These are then taken to Cafe Connect who will print the meetings with the relevant symbols etc. And also place these on the RRRC website.
Once the mini meetings have been distributed to groups and key workers the Communication Group then collate the information so it can be communicated on the next mini meetings. As part of the mini meeting process the group has the responsibility of organising the Mini Meeting Board, which is located in the new pool room (formerly known as room 2) by ensuring an agenda sheet and present copy of the mini meetings are on the board so that it is readily available for people to view.
The Communication Group also has the responsibility to keep up the Communication Board, found in the corridor in zone 4, up to date with any comment sheets at RRRC receive. Old comment sheets are stored in an A5 white ring binder which can be located in a cupboard in the staff room beside the group folders.
The Communication Group can link in with other groups and activities at RRRC to undertake any communication work needed or to try and address any communication issues.