Here’s the first blog in our career series. Stuart Robbins, who is currently acting as Head of Quality and Safety, talks to us about his career at Brandon, his roots as a support worker and why he loves his new role.
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.
Hello readers, I’ve been invited by Brandon Trust (the organisation that Julia, my brilliant support worker, works for) to write a special blog to go on the Brandon site. So here goes… I thought I’d share some of my experiences of growing up without the knowledge of having autism.
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.
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.