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The latest stories from VoiceAbility.

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Jerry’s Story

Jerry let his feet do the talking for him. After a stroke left him unable to communicate he tried to show the staff at a residential care home that he wanted to go home by leaving under his own steam. Assessors decided that Jerry didn’t have capacity and a DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty) order was made. This meant that when Jerry tried to leave the home, he was restrained by locks and by the staff. Without friends and family, Jerry was anxious, upset and prone to angry reactions when approached by members of staff.

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Trudy’s Story

Trudy came to us when she had nowhere else to turn. Although known to Social Services, Trudy, who has a learning disability, had no community support and no Care Manager. The letters she received about her Income Support were incomprehensible to her. The letters she received from her bank were the same. So Trudy didn’t know that her Income Support was being stopped and didn’t appreciate that she was accruing debt with her bank. Only when she wasn’t able to buy food for herself did she realise that something was wrong.

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Salma’s Story

Salma, a lady with a mild learning disability, had been referred to our services as she wanted support to seek employment. She had tried a few voluntary roles in the past, did not wish to pursue any more further education (she had completed two full-time courses previously at college) and was currently working as a volunteer twice a week in a charity shop. She was keen to get paid employment and in learning new skills 'on the job'. She told us about the roles she wanted to pursue.

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Heather’s Story

Heather has been cared for by her elderly mother at home for her whole life. She is really close to her mother but her life has been rather secluded and she seldom went out. Heather didn’t think there were many opportunities for interesting things. She didn’t think that she could make choices, not to make everyday decisions, let alone decisions about special activities. Working with an advocate, it was difficult for Heather to make choices at first; even deciding where to sit or what to drink proved challenging for her.

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Ruth’s Story

Ruth is a mother with a learning disability, whose three children had been taken into care by social services. It was an extremely difficult time for Ruth, as she was worried about her children’s future and the involvement of social services. The children’s social worker referred Ruth to VoiceAbility to help her through the court proceedings and the issue of custody. Ruth was unhappy with the way her needs had been assessed by social services. She felt that the social worker had not treated the family very well.

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Halil’s Story

Halil is a sociable gentleman with a great sense of humour and a love of music. He has profound and multiple learning disabilities and lives in a large nursing home. When we first met Halil, his only real activity was going to a day centre five days a week. He did not access the community or socialise outside his home and the centre. Halil spent most of his free time in his bedroom listening to the music channel on television. Halil does not have any active family members to support him either.

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