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Points of view

Supporting the NHS with the Health Action Group

We recently shared our views on the NHS long term plan which was published on 28 January. We’ve asked some of our staff for their views on the issues that were covered by the plan in relation to their areas of work. One of our team leaders, Heather Arthur, sits on a Health Action Group (HAG) in Gloucestershire which aims to help the NHS deliver better healthcare for people with a learning disability, autism or both.
Joanna and baby Elsie Sky ls

My perfect baby

I work for Brandon as a support worker and I’d like to share my personal story with you. My beautiful daughter, Elsie Sky, was born on 9 October. She is perfect. My pregnancy was an emotional rollercoaster which began for me when I received a screening result of a 1 in 20 chance that Elsie may have Down’s syndrome.
Hate crime sketch at an event

Raising awareness of disability hate crime through drama

This week (13-20 October), is National Hate Crime Awareness Week. In my role at Brandon, I deal with disability hate crime reporting and training in Bristol. We’re part of a multi-agency team coordinated by the police, that plan awareness events, and aim to encourage people to report incidents of disability hate crime. We engage people through drama, theatre, and performance.
Greg enjoying a day at the beach

Finding Greg's Voice

In February 2015, Brandon Trust started to support Greg in his home. He had been let down by his previous provider. How to communicate support plans, and keeping his anxiety levels low, was not shared or handed over to us. His home life because of this was extremely challenging, however, from the day we took over it was a fresh start for Greg.

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