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.
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.
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.
Our guidance on visits over Christmas has had to change due to the surge in Coronavirus cases and new Government rules.
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.
The Discovery Resourcing Team has won a Silver award from In-house Recruitment, the largest community for in-house recruiters.
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 […]
In the past two months Discovery has received one ‘Good’ and one ‘Requires Improvement’ rating from CQC, the latter service previously rated ‘Good.’
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.
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.