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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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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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20th February 2020

Wild about trees

Volunteer tree planters

Despite the weather, some of the people we support at Colliers Court in Frome have been busy planting trees as part of Frome Town Council’s `Wild about Trees’ initiative. They spent the day volunteering alongside the Frome Town Rangers and helped to plant five hundred trees in the area below the allotments in Birchill Lane. […]

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6th February 2020

Hit for six!

People supported by Discovery had a great time taking part in Somerset County Cricket Club’s Learning Disability Cup. Discovery is one of six learning disability support providers who attended the Cup held at the County Ground on February 5th. The team, made up of people we support, enjoyed themselves, playing three games of cricket in […]

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31st January 2020

First Colleague Awards Ceremony; an amazing success!

Colleagues celebrating at the awards ceremony

We had a fabulous turnout with almost a hundred and twenty colleagues celebrating their success at The Shubbery Hotel in Ilminster. The awards included 65 nominations for Everyday Heroes during 2019, and an impressive 115 nominations for the 10 award categories which included Manager of the Year, Initiative of the Year and Support Worker of […]

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