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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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14th January 2021

Wellbeing in nature

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.

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5th January 2021

Adventure therapy in somerset

The Discovery Community Fund has awarded Adventure Therapy a grant of almost £33,000 to provide outdoor activities to adults with additional needs in Somerset. All of the activities are designed to improve mental health and wellbeing, improve vitality and create a sense of accomplishment. This has been particularly important during lockdown.

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16th December 2020

New job for christmas

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.

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23rd November 2020

STOMPing out over medication

A carer guides a man's hand while he holds a ball.

A man we support at The Willows in Taunton has had his medication successfully reduced and stopped after a STOMP plan was introduced in the summer. STOMP is an NHS campaign to ‘stop the over medication of people with learning disabilities and/or autism’. The man was taking antidepressant medications Citalopram and Amitriptyline when Discovery started […]

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23rd November 2020

CQC rating

In the past two months Discovery has received one ‘Good’ and one ‘Requires Improvement’ rating from CQC, the latter service previously rated ‘Good.’

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2nd November 2020

Egg-cellent news

A jobseeker is celebrating egg-cellent news after securing employment working on an egg farm, thanks to the Discovery supported employment service. James Padfield, 34, from Castle Carey, and Paula Dowding, who works as a supported employment co-ordinator, have been applying for jobs since March when James lost his gardening job due to lockdown.

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23rd October 2020

Key worker success

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.

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