During a visit to the Newbridge Day Centre, run by The Together Trust, in Stockport the centre manager commented that the visual timetable in the lounge was out of date. The timetable was printed as a single piece, size A0, and was expensive and awkward to replace. Having taken some details and obtained the Newbridge logo, OurBoards provided a new visual timetable that was clear, flexible and easy to use.
Rather than being a permanent, printed image, the OurBoards Visual Timetable has a custom designed, dry wipe, laminate board and “Gecko” self-cling pockets to mount the activities. Newbridge staff print clip art images or photographs, place them in the pockets and mount them on the visual timetable board easily.
The original thought was to mount the entire week’s activities however staff decided that they would take advantage of how easy the board is to use and only mount each day at a time. This makes it much clearer for the users to see what’s happening today and helps them to place today in the context of the week. Not all Newbridge’s users have a firm grasp of the day within the week but the visual timetable helps them.