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Take Ten People - Ups and Downs Board Game

Archived resource 

This board game was one of a series of resources that make up the Take Ten People: An integrated approach to employment , learning and skills for people with mental health difficulties. 

The board game:

  • was designed to be printed on A2 size paper
  • was based on ‘snakes and ladders’. It explores some of the barriers and opportunities for people with mental health difficulties in their employment and learning journeys.
  • provided an easy way to get a discussion going with people you work with or as part of a training session.
  • doubled as a poster. Pinned on your wall (especially alongside other relevant visual cues) a poster can work a bit like seeing a friendly face, providing an unspoken signal to people who have mental health difficulties that you are aware of some of the issues they may face and that your service aims to be inclusive of their needs.

You’ll also find:

  • Dice and Counters templates in the game's extras folder (just print these out on white card and then cut and fold as per the instructions)
  • Training activities that incorporate using the game in the Take Ten People Training Materials booklet and extra resources

Extras folder -additional materials designed to support you when using this academic game. Plus, see the full Take Ten People box set  for even more  resources:

Image showing icons for each of the Take Ten People resources

Note on updating this resource:

Please feel free to update this resource (small yellow post-its work well for changing the typed content of squares).

Following the change of government in May 2012 and then the introduction of the Work Programme in 2011 we were going to archive this board game - but on each occasion learners/people who use mental health and employment services have told us not to because even though the system has changed recently it doesn't mean that they haven't 'tried' and experienced the ups and downs of many of the former programmes, about which they'd like an opportunity  to speak and share lessons learned. In 2015 we finally archived this resource. 

Cite this resource:

Barrett, C and Creed, A (2010) Take Ten People: An integrated approach to learning and skills. Leicester: NIACE.

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