I will be part of Brandon Trust’s 100 Voices conference tomorrow with my wife Linda, and I am honestly nervous about going.
We live in Gloucestershire and we’ve never been to London before. It will be a new experience, but I do not want to miss this important event so I am travelling up today and staying overnight in a hotel near the venue.
I’m supported by the charity and I'm also a member of Brandon’s Consultative Committee. I have been to previous 100 Voices conferences in Bristol, but I think this one will be really big, the biggest one yet, at a spectacular venue.
I want to be involved because I think more people should be aware of Brandon Trust and hear the experiences of people with learning disabilities, like me and my wife.
It’s in a different area this year, so I hope we see more new faces and that we learn some new things to help us going forward. It has great potential.
This year, I understand we will be discussing the big issues affecting people with learning disabilities and autism in the UK. If I was to pick out one thing now, it would be the issue of loneliness some people feel, and wanting to be more involved in the community in which they live. I know this can be a worry.
I do hope our voices are heard across London and beyond. See you all there!