Janet attends Minstead Trust’s Portsmouth Day Opportunities several times each week.

She also enjoys getting out and about in her community immensely and tells us here about her struggles when that was taken away during Covid-19 restrictions and her hopes for the future now.

‘I found lockdown really stressful, couldn’t get out and about as I can’t walk far with my disability.

‘I love to shop and go and watch the football.

‘When I couldn’t do these things during the lockdowns it was awful – I felt sad and right down in the dumps.

‘I now have support to go and do my shopping once a week at Tesco. I enjoy it, picking out things for my fridge and store cupboard. I sometimes buy new clothes and even a watch recently!

‘I support Pompey [Portsmouth FC] and I have a season ticket. I am back watching them now and went to the match the other week. I got soaked and so did my carer – but we still love it!’

If you would like to help people like Janet to rebuild their confidence to get out of the house and into their community with friends please donate to the Big Give campaign from 30 November to 7 December 2021. Your donation is instantly doubled during this window – meaning you can have double the impact for people with learning disabilities. 

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