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.
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.
Lorna Mitchell is the Better Practice Lead at Croftlands in Bridgwater and she is a Mental Health First Aider. I don’t think anyone quite has the words to explain what on earth is going on at the moment; one day easily blends into another and another. It’s a very confusing time for everyone, which causes […]
Paul Kitto is the Locality Manager at Selwyn House in Yeovil. At this very difficult and unprecedented time, I would like to raise awareness about the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) that has been a fantastic resource for me. I had to self-isolate for twelve weeks due to underlying health conditions, which wasn’t easy. It meant […]
Claire Atkinson, the Operational Administrator for Employment Support, celebrates being autistic: I live in my own little world. I like it there. Last month I was 50. Most people would have had a big party to celebrate with lots of friends and family. That would be my worst nightmare. When I was 42, I was […]
During National Autism Awareness Week, Operations Administrator Harry talks about the challenges he faces and the success he has achieved at work: I worked at Somerset County Council for three years and completed a Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship, before joining Discovery as an Operations Administrator in November last year. Project Search Internship Before I […]
A blog by Lisa Schimetat, Partnerships Manager at the Orchard Vale Trust. We’ve been delivering our IT project in Yeovil for a few weeks now and we are coming on in leaps and bounds. It’s amazing to see everyone’s progress, including those who have never touched an iPad, to those really engaging with how to […]
“People who are vulnerable offline are equally, if not more, vulnerable online.” A blog by Lisa Schimetat & Alex Roland
We all know how dangerous the internet can be. Studies have revealed that more than 20% of internet users have been hacked at least once. We are all vulnerable to the dangers of the internet. Identity theft, password duplication, phishing scams and cyberbullying are among the many risks of being online. Yet the majority of […]
Back in March, when I had only been in post for less than a week, it was suggested that I attend a session on the All Together Better course as a one-off so I could learn about social care (I haven’t worked in this area before), and also run a subsequent story about the experience. Five […]