Many people with learning disabilities now lack the additional support or funding to thrive again out in their communities with friends.
We caught up with Phil, Silas, Ed and David – people we support in the New Forest – to ask them what they have missed during the pandemic and how it has affected them.
Phil: ‘Going home to see my parents and the summer fete at Minstead Lodge’
Silas: ‘I missed seeing my friends and coming to Minstead Trust as I like to be busy’
Ed: ‘New Forest Show. I set up stalls and help on them’
David: ‘Minstead Trust and textile class’
Phil: ‘Drama class at Hanger Farm and doing my food shop at Asda’
Silas: ‘Different timetables and having more freedom and options’
Ed: ‘Not being in [Covid] bubbles and seeing friends’
David: ‘Seeing friends as I was at home with my parents.’
Phil: ‘Slimming world in Totton and skittles.’
Silas: ‘I would like culture days again, go on holidays and to go to museums and eat together in the dining room. I want to go back to improving my literacy and numeracy skills with lessons’
Ed: ‘Football to see Saints. I need help getting to the bus.’
David: ‘Continue ambassador training for Minstead Trust.’
You can help people thrive once again in their communities by donating to our Big Give fundraising campaign from 30 November to 7 December. Every donation you made is doubled at no extra cost to you, meaning you can have double the impact.
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