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five brightly painted wooden dolls that fit inside each other
Photo: Matryoshka Russian Dolls by Marco Verch under Creative Commons 2.0

Russian dolls

Like a Russian doll we hold many personalities within us. The outermost doll faces the world. A second doll is our friendship face, a third doll connects us with our partners and children. Our fourth doll dances with the dog when no one is looking. Deep inside, is tiny baby doll; nervous of the world. ...continue reading "Russian dolls – Preferences or access needs?"

Information is only meant to flow in one direction

Police Officer Peter Grant interviewing a witness in Rivers of London, by Ben Aaronovitch[1]

Isn’t it simple?

Listening is simple, you hear stuff, right? Not exactly, listening is about how you understand another person. It’s processing what they are saying and making them feel listened to. ...continue reading "What do we mean by listening?"

Starting to communicate

I started learning British Sign Language (BSL) in 2005. I’m not fluent but I can communicate with most d/Deaf people because they are accepting and meet you half way or three quarters of the way. Like any language the key to BSL is confidence and a desire to communicate.

...continue reading "Thinking about learning British Sign Language?"

The Five Ways to Wellbeing

By Jeff Walker with Michael Fellowes, February 2024

The five ways to wellbeing: Connect, Take Notice, Be Active, Give, Keep Learning
The five ways to wellbeing

The Five Ways to Wellbeing, like the guidelines on eating five portions of fruit and vegetables, support us to maintain a healthy state of physical and mental wellbeing. They tell us to:

  • Connect
  • Take Notice
  • Be Active
  • Keep Learning
  • and Give

...continue reading "Wellbeing, lockdown and Daleks"

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What being accessible means

I'd like to share a couple of principles that will help you be more accessible. Being more accessible means:

  • Your message reaches more people.
  • People feel more welcomed, their needs are met without them (always) needing to ask

...continue reading "Being Accessible: Don’t wait to be asked"