I feel strongly about encouraging people to follow their dreams no matter how big or small.
I have been running my own business AJP Dreams for many years, offering consultancy to support professionals, families and young people with learning disabilities to discover their gifts and contribution, explore dreams and aspirations and understanding person centred planning.
With my work you will always get, genuine lived experience, a unique person’s perspective, inspiration.
It has been a pleasure to support Alexander with his research into empathy and support work and to work with him developing this training!
My background is in research and I have recently trained as a gestalt therapist. I have worked with EDG for nearly 5 years now as a development coordinator working towards inclusion of people with learning disabilities in the community.
One of my proudest moments working for EDG has been running the Edinburgh Festival of Empathy 2016.
Using our direct research with support workers and considering the research of others, we have developed two packages to support and enhance a culture of empathy in your organisation.
The Empathy Training Package:
We create an empathic and non-judgemental atmosphere in our training which involves:
With the aim of increasing understanding of
empathy and what it is
overcoming barriers to empathy
how to engage in self-care
the importance of listening
the link between empathy and supporting service users to live their dreams
We offer this as two half days, or as a condensed version in one half day.
Peer Support for Empathy: Bonding, Reflecting, Recharging
One of our main findings was that support workers would really value regular opportunities to get together, talk openly and to support each other with best practice, especially in relation to empathy. Everyone who suggested this felt it was a good idea to have this facilitated by people outside of their organisation. AJP Dreams and EDG have many years of experience in facilitating workshops around connection and peer support. We have combined our knowledge and experience of what works best with the insights from the people who contributed to our research to create this package.
Our peer support package involves 2-3 hour meetings every 6-8 weeks where we facilitate opportunities to
bond and foster a sense of community among workers
reflect on knowledge and share best practice around empathy
learn more about self-care as a support for empathic practice, including practical tips and techniques
We will work with your organisation to consider how best to structure the meetings around the needs of staff. A combined Empathy Training and Peer Support package is also available.
Find out more: or call 0131 476 0522.