published on 02 June 2017
Well, what a busy month May was! Let's hope June is a little less hectic, but sunnier!
In the middle of May, we had the honour of meeting the Lord Lieutenant of Durham, Sue Snowdon for the official opening of the new Centre for Independent Living and she was not only impressed by the facilities and services here, but she also took a genuine interest in our work.
As a quick update on our Project 65 service we have now reached a total of 93 referrals - only seven short of our target figure and we've still got five months to go! Thanks to everyone supporting this amazing project!
How many of us received unwanted calls on our mobile phones from so called 'cold-callers'? I came across this article that gives tips on how to reduce, or stop the number of 'nuisance' calls we receive and it's well worth a read - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39882671/how-to-stop-cold-callers-ringing-your-mobile-number
As we know, there's a General Election on the 8th June and I thought it was timely to share this 'easy-read' document produced by Mencap that gives clear information for people with Learning Disabilities on the voting system. It's from the 2017 Election, but the information is still relevant https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/campaigning/guides-voting?q=get-involved/campaigning/voting-and-registering-vote
Have you heard of Jordan Bone who is a 'blogger' who was paralysed as a result of a car accident and she now writes a Blog about how she has battled against depression and how the articles help her come to terms with her disability - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39870669/meet-jordan-the-beauty-blogger-who-is-also-paralysed-from-the-chest-down
A decision by NHS Commissioners in South West London to consider reducing the number of children being assessed for a diagnosis of Autism is causing a stir. A very interesting read - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40058482
I must be feeling a bit of a rebel this month! A certain Dr Burstow, based in Toronto, Canada believes that Psychiatry does not help people experiencing Mental Health issues and there are different ways to provide support. The story may get a discussion going! http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/item/df13daea-9aa8-4956-8cd1-e28076210fbf
Joke of the month! Married for many years, Paul had been ignored by his wife, Liz, for some days, so eventually he confronted her with what he perceived as the problem.
'Come on Liz, admit it, he ranted, 'You only married me because my grandad left me £6 million, didn't you?'
'You really are silly, Paul, ' retorted Liz loudly, 'I couldn't care less who left it to you.'
My wings are aching and the eagle has landed! See you next month!