Author: Nicola Toon

16th January 2024

Funding SARSAS in Somerset for females with learning disabilities and/or autism and/or female abuse victims

Funding SARSAS to adapt its service further in Somerset for Autistic women and/or women with learning disabilities who have experienced sexual violence or abuse. As women with a learning disability and/or autism are, according to national statistics, four times more likely to experience abuse than non-disabled women, SARSAS (Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse […]

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12th December 2023

Yeovil Rivers Community Trust benefits more people thanks to grant

Specialising in the restoration, preservation and sustainability of the rivers and streams in and around Yeovil, the Yeovil Rivers Community Trust (YRCT) applied for a Discovery Community Grant to enable more people with learning disabilities and/or autism to get involved with their vital work. We spoke with Project and Engagement Officer Karis Hockey who explained […]

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27th November 2023

Inclusion at Hestercombe Gardens thanks to funding success

Based in Somerset, Hestercombe is a tranquil oasis filled with historic gardens, an art gallery and tea room. Keen to make the attraction more accessible, Hestercombe applied and were awarded a Discovery Community grant towards a Changing Places facility. 1/4 million people in the UK need Changing Places Toilets to allow them to get out […]

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23rd November 2023

 It’s not just cricket…

… it’s about ensuring that those with learning disabilities and/or autistic people lead a healthy lifestyle, build social connections, and improve their lives – something core to the values of the Somerset Cricket Foundation.  The Foundation piloted cricket activity partnerships with day service providers, with the aim of reaching more adults with learning disabilities. They […]

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12th October 2023

Discovery colleagues honoured at Inspiring People Awards 2023 event

An amazing group of inspiring colleagues recently gathered in Ilminster, Somerset, for the annual Discovery Inspiring People Award event. Hosted at The Shrubbery Hotel, Discovery colleagues and people supported were in high spirits to celebrate the nominations, as well as look back over the year via a video featuring BBQs, people looking after their homes […]

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15th May 2023

CardioWall – Street’s ahead with engaging, energetic tech

A CardioWall was introduced to the people we support at Street in Somerset recently, enabling them to interact with both movement and reaction, whatever the age of the user, in groups or individually. The wall, which works with functions such as multi-coloured LED pods, a scoreboard, built-in sound effects and voice commands, is proving to […]

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28th April 2023

The power of ‘No’ – Martin’s story

Imagine a situation where you’ve been working with a gentleman you support for decades. You’ve built a great relationship, but he has never uttered a word. Then, one day out of the blue, he does… how would that feel for those supporting him, and how do you think it happened? Martin is a gentleman we […]

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9th March 2023

Robert raises £3000 for Dorothy House hospice care

Robert, someone who we support has had a challenging year. His mother passed away in December 2021 and he wanted to do something positive for the hospice, Dorothy house, which helped the family through this tough time. A high-flying aspiration with a deep heart Robert thought a skydive would be a great way to raise […]

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22nd February 2023

February is International Boost Your Self-Esteem month

Good self-esteem is important for both colleagues and people we support. Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself and can change throughout life. There are times when we feel positive and good about ourselves, perhaps it is praise from a colleague, a promotion, a new relationship, friendship, or a particular achievement of a goal. Other […]

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16th February 2023

Ollie’s grand day out

Are you a can-do caring people person who is: Enthusiastic about people’s rights and inclusion? Isn’t fazed by a challenge and likes to think out the box? Likes to know you make a difference to someone’s day? Here, at Discovery we are passionate about making sure we do the best for the people we support, […]

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