If you ask me…

    Which professional has been most use to you?

    Alan Faulkner, the manager of our social inclusion
    project, supported me while I have tried some new and scary
    things.

    If you ran care services in your area what would you do
    differently?

    I would make sure that people’s wishes were really being
    listened to. If we try something new and don’t like it, we need to
    know we can go back to what we were doing before, whether that is
    where we live, what we do during the day or anything else.

    What three words best describe you?

    According to the person typing this – funny, thoughtful and loyal.
    I think I agree with her.

    What event most changed your life?

    Getting married. It’s what most people do and it made me
    feel the same as others.

    Has any government policy ever done anything for you?

    Valuing people has completely changed the way people work
    with us. Now we are seen as the “experts”.

    When were you last angry?

    Recently, when I realised the person I was talking to was
    not listening. I was only there because I had a learning disability
    and just to make them look as though they were working inclusively
    and could tick the right box on their targets.

    When did you last cry?

    I find it difficult to cry, but I cried at the funerals of
    my parents who died within two weeks of each other.

    How would you like to be remembered?

    Being remembered as somebody who made a difference – or as a nice,
    helpful person – would be great.

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