Puppet Goalkeeper Makes an Important Save

Puppet Goalkeeper Makes an Important Save

Puppet Goalkeeper Makes an Important Save

After last week’s enthusiasm and such a good turnout, we arrived with high expectations. However, the initial numbers were low; it took a while for people to gather. This session the group was predominantly made up of men, with two new people attending – 7 people in total.

     

One woman has taken responsibility for the puppets and the materials and she made a point of laying everything out on the large table very neatly. I felt like this gave the puppets some importance, rather than just being in the big bag they are stored in.

A new man ‘F’ looked into the room at the beginning but was reluctant to come in. He was waiting for an important phone call, but we eventually talked him round. He kept looking at his phone throughout the session. We learned, towards the end of the session, that the phone call was to find out if he’d been selected to be goalkeeper for Scotland, in the Homeless World Cup in Mexico! (we are still waiting to find out what the result was) ‘F’’s puppet developed what resembled goalkeeper’s gloves!

      

M’, who had been the most enthusiastic person the previous week, arrived with a considerably younger man, ‘R’, who was very fragile. Whilst M returned to his puppet, Elly worked one-to-one with ‘R’. He wasn’t really in the right frame of mind to be dealing with the puppet and his hands struggled to work with the string. However, as conversation progressed the other men started to talk to him, offering support and advice. This was a key moment in this session and interesting to watch the older, more experienced men in the world of recovery, experts in the field, impart their considerable knowledge.

F’ even suggested that ‘R’ could assist at a meeting at the weekend; this little offer giving ‘R’ a sense of purpose and value. We can’t say how much the making of the puppet contributed to this scenario playing out, but the puppet making activity had brought the group of men to the table and created an environment where ‘R’ was relatively comfortable. This moment, with these men, could make a significant difference to his life.

At 4pm, when it was time for us to leave, conversation around recovery and support for this young man was in full flow and we didn’t want to interrupt, so we quietly left the room leaving ‘N’ to clear up for us.

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