Category: From Discovery

29th May 2020

Statement on Coronavirus

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.

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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 am having to self-isolate for twelve weeks due to underlying health conditions, which has not been […]

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23rd April 2020

Discovery on the BBC

The amazing efforts of our dedicated and hard-working colleagues have been shared by BBC Breakfast News on 21 April, and BBC Radio Somerset on 24 April. Bryony, one of our support workers at Delmore Road in Frome, talked to BBC Radio Somerset’s breakfast show (approximately 1 hour & 17 minutes in) about how this pandemic is affecting us and […]

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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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19th March 2020

Could extraordinary circumstances lead to an extraordinary new career?

If your job is at risk due to coronavirus, read on. No matter the circumstances, we will always need caring and values-driven people to support people with learning disabilities and/or autism to lead safe and fulfilling lives. With a role as a Discovery Support Worker you have the peace of mind of knowing that you […]

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9th March 2020

Inspirational Local Speaker Awarded Small Sparks Grant

Mark Smith regularly speaks to audiences of 250 people at universities in Bristol and Gloucester about the challenges he faces living independently with a learning disability. Mark, who’s 47, speaks to nurses who are returning to practice about the daily challenges he faces, so they have a better understanding of learning disabilities. Gina Pring is […]

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3rd March 2020

The Value of Volunteering

Two women at table

Time is the one thing we all have in common, but it is also the one thing that we each use very differently… At Discovery, we cannot thank our 54 volunteers enough for their support during the last three years and for all of the time they have devoted to volunteering long before Discovery was […]

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3rd March 2020

“I was impressed that the people being supported had so many choices.”

Laina, a 16 year old student at Bridgwater College in Somerset, has been volunteering at the Supported Living service, Croftlands, in Bridgwater. Laina, who’s studying Health & Social Care Level 2, shadowed the team at Croftlands and was involved in every aspect of the job role including attending training, fire evacuations and meetings. She supported […]

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