People with learning disabilities don’t often vote in elections. Is that the root cause for why this group so often find themselves at the back of the queue? Is that what I’m missing? Encouragingly in our research, 57% of respondents said they want to be more involved in politics as a result of the pandemic. That must be a real opportunity for change. So if you are in a position to encourage even one person with a learning disability or autism to get into politics, please do so.
Jordan, who works as a mechanic in Bridgwater, has been awarded a grant to buy his own tools.
The grant from Small Sparks is part of the Discovery Community Fund which awards people with additional needs £500 to enable them to live fulfilling lives in their community.
I am delighted that today we have launched our new video and brochure to promote equality, celebrate diversity and ensure inclusion. Both resources will be used inside and outside our organisation to make sure the message that Discovery values me as me is heard loudly and clearly.
Jody Tandy is the Better Practice Lead at The Willows in Taunton. In this moving blog, she talks about the prejudice she has encountered as a lesbian.
Pride month means many things to many people.
Whatever their gender identity or sexuality, this Pride we’d like to remind people with learning disabilities and autism (and those around them) of their rights when it comes to intimate relationships.
Support workers in Chard have helped Trudi to rebuild a cherished friendship. Trudi grew up on the Falkland Islands and became good friends with Trudy. “We went to the same school and I would often catch a lift on the back of her bike because the curvature of my spine made it difficult for me to keep up with the rest of my friends” explained Trudi.
This year, Learning Disability Week is all about friendship… something we must all work hard at during the peculiar times we live in. Indeed, over three quarters of the people we support have told us that they worry about not being able to see friends and family.
At the start of National Carers Week, we’d like to share appreciation for our amazing colleagues in Discovery and Dimensions who are making such an effort to ease the impact the pandemic has on people we support.
Lockdown has made us value our relationships more than ever. On National Best Friends’ Day, we would like to celebrate the wonderful friendship between Paula (left) and Mary who we support at different locations in Frome.
This page will be regularly updated with the actions we are taking, and any guidance we are issuing, due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19.