Many of the people with learning disabilities who we support here at Marshfields cannot read or write. They measure the passing of time by the changing seasons and celebrations and festivals - birthdays, Easter, Bonfire Night, Halloween and, of course, Christmas.
This is Adam, he’s 21, and lives in Southmead, Bristol. He’s come a long way since he had his first travel training with our Travel Buddy Project a year ago, and is pictured here in Weston-super-Mare. The Travel Buddy project is a service offering alternative travel support for adults and young people with learning disabilities.
Our Members’ Board invited people to share their stories at our annual Brandon Voices London conference. Someone who spoke was Kelly Ware, who is supported by Brandon Trust in London. She was keen to share her story wider.
My day job at Brandon Trust is Business Intelligence Analyst within the IS department, so I jumped at the chance to spend a day away from the computer with people we support at Padstow Foyer in Cornwall.
My first experience of walking into Dartford’s Darenth Park Hospital in the late 1980's as a speech and language therapist for adults with learning disabilities, was both incredibly depressing and shocking.