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Fetes, fundraising and firsts

TweetI’ve never thought of my sister, above, as a saleswoman – she can be engaging, encouraging, persuasive and talkative, but she’s never actually sold me anything other than an idea (usually about what film to watch; invariably a Bond movie). … Continue reading

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A huge percentage of the population without redress – that is dangerous

TweetThe government’s plan to slash £220m from the UK’s legal aid budget has rightly been condemned for its sweeping scale but, in this series of interviews I’ve done for the Guardian, the very human impact – the effect on the … Continue reading

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“Ah the whiff of that bread!”: my sister the baker

TweetMy talented sister and her colleagues allowed us to document a day in their working lives at the Lantern Bakery based at the Camphill community where she lives. The bakery offers work and training to people with learning disabilities. You … Continue reading

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Jenny’s job, and why we need more like it

TweetJenny Dimmock works in a pathology lab. She and her scientist colleagues handle between 3,000-4,000 blood samples a day. The 21-year-old is also an ambassador for younger students, speaking about her experiences at conferences, like how part of her job … Continue reading

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Young, free and single-minded

TweetYoung people who have helped transform their neighbourhoods despite are among those being celebrated in today’s Prince’s Trust annual awards. Amid recent figures showing youth unemployment has nearly hit 1m, it is inspiring to hear how teenagers and young adults … Continue reading

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“People who have a learning disability have the right to good services, choices and a good life”

TweetIf only more people had the chance to develop in confidence like Laura Minett. Laura, who I interviewed for a Guardian social care piece today, works as an expert by experience. Her part-time role through the charity which supports her, … Continue reading

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The project that helps you “be” something

TweetWhen I first met Linda, she told me: “When I was growing up I couldn’t imagine being anything”. I met Linda when I was delivering a training course aimed at former substance misusers who wanted to become “recovery champions” and … Continue reading

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Bricks and mobility: buildings and disability history

TweetA gap in a church wall speaks volumes about the history of disability in England; lepers’ squints allowed people with leprosy to see the pulpit and hear the service through a small chink in the stonework, without coming into contact … Continue reading

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Unemployed to enterprising

TweetMaria Ellingham had not worked full-time for a decade after having children. She then became a single parent who had the will to work but lacked the way. She was a qualified reflexologist and wanted to set up her own … Continue reading

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The riots a year on: “If people see me as bad, I might as well be bad.”

Tweet“Even though we’re not involved in gangs,” the young man from Hackney tells me, “the way people look at you just puts you down. No matter what you do, you’ll always have that bad name of a black kid from … Continue reading

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