Recently Jackie Alexander and I had the privilege of working with the MacIntyre Checkers; a group of eight people who receive support from MacIntyre, but are also employed by MacIntyre to check the quality of our Easy Read information and give it a stamp of approval when it reaches the accessibility standard.
On the Wednesday we were with the group, it was fantastic to see how they work together and support each other. I was really struck by their professionalism and the fact that their standards are so high. No aspect of the Easy Read materials that they were checking went “unchecked” from the suitability of the photosymbols and wording to how the photosymbols were positioned.
However what really stood out was the way the group interact with each other. The group members all have very different support needs and all of these are met by their colleagues. I witnessed and felt fantastic warmth with great friendships that have developed during their time working alongside each other. What really impressed me though was their responsiveness to each other. If someone was struggling to find their place in the document this was always noticed by a colleague who would quietly guide them to the correct place. Or when someone had difficulty hearing me it was pointed out to me that they have difficulty hearing. All of this was done with real sensitivity. There was also great use of touch with a gentle massage on offer for stiff shoulders or a friendly arm around the shoulder.
It was a joy to be welcomed by the group and learn so much from them. If you get the chance do pop along and say ‘hello’ – they meet every second Wednesday in Warrington.
Person Centred Approaches Advisor