Activity co-ordinators usually work as part of a residential care home’s staff team, but they can also work within a community care setting, or even in a person’s home.
They have an important role to play in promoting the mental health and wellbeing of people they care for.
A co-ordinator’s job is to organise activities – such as cooking, crafts, musical events or outings – to help people keep alert and active, and maintain a good quality of life.
Activity co-ordinators need to know all about the people they care for and be sensitive to their needs. That means being a good listener, being good at organising things, and understanding how what they do benefits their client’s mental health and wellbeing.
Activity co-ordinators will usually have experience of working with vulnerable adults in residential or community settings. A level 2 intermediate diploma in health and social care is desirable.
Any experience in arts and crafts, or music and drama, will be helpful to working in this role. Diplomas are the current qualifications in health and social care, which have replaced NVQs, but some workers still hold NVQs which are still valid. In the case of a care worker, they may hold a level 2 NVQ.