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Saol Project

Mission Statement
Saol is a community project focused on improving the lives of women affected by addiction and poverty

Vision Statement
Saol is working towards transforming the way in which Ireland responds to addiction and poverty.

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The belief that life needs fun and laughter and recovery work can and should be creative and interesting and exciting is an intrinsic part of SAOL. Our Games group took this approach to heart and from day 1 we have had fun. Just because it is a game doesn’t mean it has always been easy. For some participants standing in front of the group acting out the charade took them so far from their comfort zone that they ‘felt like fainting’ but emerged ‘with a spring in their step, oozing confidence’. For others playing a game that involved physical contact pushed their limits.
 
Whatever the game, we took equal time afterwards to discuss it:

We also discussed what we learned from it—about ourselves and about being in groups. How do we deal with our frustrations when somebody is not doing what you want them to do? Do you say it out? Do you withdraw? What qualities do we have, or do we need, to be good leaders and manage our team?

When we discussed these things we started to see links and patterns to groups outside our Games group. Is this how we behave and react in our families, with our friends? And does it work for us? And might we be able to try something a little different and might that work better? These discussions led to our stories, our experiences, our difficulties and our successes—this is recovery work. It might have started with the ‘Hand Game’, but we ended up talking about how our minds can race ahead of ourselves and how we lose focus and what we might do about this.
 
For ease, each page of this Compendium is presented with a similar format:
We hope that other groups and other projects will use these games. If you have games you play we would love to hear about them. Send us your ideas and we will review them and add to our compendium online at www.saolproject.ie  Send games to jane@saolproject.ie
click on the image to download the compendium:
 
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