Category: Blogs

25th January 2021

What Am I missing?

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.

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3rd July 2020

Discovery values me, as me

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.

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25th June 2020

“Why is this still a thing?”

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.

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18th May 2020

“It’s always better to talk than suffer in silence”

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 […]

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2nd April 2020

“Having autism is awesome. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

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 […]

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31st March 2020

“They fully understand person-centred support.”

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 […]

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21st February 2020

“It’s amazing to see everyone’s progress.”

Man helping man in wheelchair use iPad

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 […]

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16th August 2019

No man (or woman!) is an island

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 […]

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