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Inclusion means living life to the full

Inclusion means living life to the full

Today is World Down Syndrome Day, and this year's theme is Inclusion. We spoke to Jethro, who is supported by Brandon, about how being included and involved impacts his life. 

33-year-old Jethro is a busy man. Not only does he have a job at one of our social enterprises, but he also interviews people who have applied to work at Brandon as part of the hiring process for various roles. 

"I work at the Grimsbury Farm Cafe, where I do cleaning and take orders to customers," says Jethro. "I like having a job – I go there once a week every Sunday."  

Outside of his roles with Brandon, Jethro has lots of hobbies. "I go to the Keynsham Mencap football club and play for the team," he says. Jethro also attends Mencap's Club25 – a social group for adults with a learning disability who are aged 25 or over – and Music Man Project. He is a keen performer: "I like singing and acting." 

Jethro's interests have led to some great friendships and shared memories. "I enjoy going to see my friends," he says. "I did a Blues Brothers play with my best friend Barry, and I know Jamie because he likes WWE, like me. I have another friend Connor who I know from school. He lives with me and feels like a brother to me."  

Equal opportunities 

Jethro's rich and varied life is a great example of what inclusion for people with Down Syndrome looks like. It has enabled him to work, build meaningful relationships, discover passions and hobbies, and above all, enjoy a life that is unique to him.  

Learn more about this year's World Down Syndrome Day and how you can join in on their website.