Observing Great Interactions

On the 8th April 2017 – at the Ampthill centre, one of the services, Brookes Road, put on an Easter Party for the people we support and invited others from around the Bedfordshire area to join them.

The turnout was great, there was food, an Easter egg hunt and Easter crafts – a very busy and exciting few hours.

I was watching the interactions of the staff and the people we support and saw some excellent examples of Great Interactions that just appeared to come naturally – it made for a wonderful atmosphere and every single person who attended seemed to be having a lovely time and completed something.

There were also lots of Great Interactions from the people we support, supporting each other to complete craft items and handing out Easter cakes.

In a quiet room just off the main hustle and bustle room, sat Ben a person we support and Patrick his support worker. Michael a person we support, was sitting nearby, “doodling” in the corner of the room.

At the end of the day Michael who had been “doodling in the corner” handed me a picture he had drawn, of something he found interesting.

I would like to say at this point, that I am always impressed with the connection Ben and Patrick have built up over the years and the wonderful feeling of warmth you get when you watch their interactions.

What Michael had captured in his doodling was one of these precious moments that we often can miss and what Patrick sees as just doing my job: a “Great Interaction” between Ben and Patrick, immortalised in a hand drawn picture by another person we support.


Tina Murray
Area Manager
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire


  • Leander McFadden says:

    What a wonderful reflection – thank you for sharing.

  • Fantastic Tina…. I have also observed some fantastic interactions between Patrick and Ben

  • Tess Marshall says:

    Brilliant, I love how this illustrates the broad spread of Great Interactions.

  • Emma Killick says:

    How fantastic – have we had a Great Interaction captured by an artist in such a way before – I think this may well be a first. I’ve often seen Patrick and Ben together and can see that they have a very positive relationship – clearly it was something that also registered with Michael – praise indeed.

  • Fay Walker says:

    A really lovely thing to read that has perked up my day. Thank you for sharing Tina and the ‘doodle’ is great! It shows that Great Interactions are there for everybody to see, not just staff.

  • Jackie Alexander says:

    Thank you for sharing Tina, it is great that the Great Interactions were captured by a ‘doodle’ and shows real creativity!

  • Barrie Ellis says:

    Loved the sketch, and sounds like a great time had by all!

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