Alex Beckett has received a `Small Sparks’ grant from the Discovery Community Fund to buy a new tablet so he can make videos of buses and trains.
This National Siblings day I want to encourage families – siblings as well as mum and dad – to speak up, to share their gut feelings, to ask questions, to share their hopes and fears with the people who give day-to-day support to their loved one.
We are proud to mark this important day by taking part in the lighting of candles across Somerset as a reminder that we need to be the light in the darkness. It’s important to reflect that the first stage of genocide is not respecting difference. People with learning disabilities were subjected to the gas chambers. […]
The Discovery Community Fund has awarded £50,000 to a Somerset nature project to enable people with learning disabilities and/or autism to connect with the natural environment to improve their health and wellbeing.
CHRISTMAS has come early for a Yeovil man who is joining Discovery as an outreach worker.
33-year-old Jonathan Peckover, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, will support people with autism and learning needs to be independent and to get out and about in their community.
Glastonbury’s busy ambulance station has welcomed a new member to its team, who’s delighted to become a key worker.
Ryan Chapman, 33, has achieved his first job and is proud to be responsible for keeping the ambulance station clean and tidy for its busy staff.
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.
As a substitute for carnival preparation, we decided as a team to build a float and Michael chose the theme: `Michael’s ark.’ We made animals out of toilet rolls and recycled products so they could be collected in his float.
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.