If you ask me…Lionel Bernstein

Lionel Bernstein, aged 63, lives in semi-independent residential accommodation owned by the charity Norwood

Who has influenced you the most?

My mother, who taught me to be me.

Which professional has helped you most?
David, my old key worker and Amy, the homes manager at my flat now.

What one thing would you change about care services in your area?
More input from my social worker.

What one thing would make your life better?
If I didn’t have learning disabilities, I may have married and had children. I’d have liked a caring wife who looked like Cilla Black and two daughters called Lulu and Helen.

What three words best describe you?
Talkative, friendly and humorous.

What event most changed your life?
When my parents passed away in the 1970s I moved into care for the first time.

What one thing would you like to ban?
I don’t like the clocks going back.

Who/what is your dream date?
If I met the woman of my dreams, I’d take her for fish and chips in the West End. If I really liked her I’d buy champagne too.

If you won the lottery, how would you spend it?
On a round-the-world trip to Canada, Italy, Spain, Japan, America, Hong Kong on a red double decker bus with my friends.

What is your greatest achievement?
Learning to use my mobile phone so I can travel independently.

What makes you angry?
Foxes rummaging through the dustbins.

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