Showing posts from April, 2014

Appeal to Landlords and Developers

Green Light PBS Ltd, based in Newquay,  opened its first home in 2011. Since then it has gone from strength to strength opening 14 family-sized homes in Cornwall, employing around 200 employees  providing support to people with intellectual disabilities and autism.
Due to the growing demand for its specialist services the company is seeking new homes for its residents, either to rent or purchase.
The homes would be rented for a minimum of five years, or as long as possible, to give its  tenants long-term stability and the landlord security of tenure without the costs of continually having to find new tenants.
The homes are registered, regulated and inspected by the government regulator the Care Quality Commission. Round the clock care is provided by Green Light’s fully trained staff who help its customers to lead as normal a lifestyle …

Why are we so fearful of people's differences?

At a recent event I attended, celebrating the achievements of the Cornwall Autism Training Project, (CATP) I heard several people with autism speak about their lives growing up with the condition - all spoke of their struggle to fit in, to be 'normal'.

Stuart Ralphson, 31 from Truro and Natasha Smith, 39, from St Austell, who helped train people on the CATP.
People fear what they don’t understand and shy away from awkward interactions. But what is normal and how can we help those who are isolated and ridiculed for not fitting in?
The CATP,  run by the National Autistic Society (NAS), works because it puts those with autism on the frontline, replacing theory with reality, employing people with autism to deliver training to professionals and volunteers who work with people on the spectrum. This approach clearly worked for Sylvia Bonsey, who joined the project and whose son has autism. Speaking at the celebratory lunch,  she said: “In 2006 I sat in a London courtroom to hear a psyc…

Breaking down communication barriers

On Tuesday, following a hectic weekend of Easter festivities, I will be attending a special event highlighting a groundbreaking scheme which has seen people with autism help to train hundreds of professionals in Cornwall on how to support others with the same condition.
The achievements of those who have delivered the Cornwall Autism Training Project, which was launched in 2009, are being celebrated at a special lunch hosted by Cornwall Council at New County Hall on April 22.
Myself and Green Light’s managing director, Jo Pyrah, and manager, Leanne Griffiths, will be there to find out how the project is progressing and I have no doubt hear many interesting and inspiring stories.

The project, funded by Cornwall Council, was spearheaded by the National Autistic Society working in collaboration with Cornwall Autism Partnership. So far the scheme has trained more than 3,000 professionals on how to better support individuals with autism.
“Since 2010, 20 people with autism, parents and carers h…

New Beginnings

ANYONE living with a teenager will know that it can be a time filled with extreme highs and lows, of mood swings, anxiety, as well as fun and laughter.  The transition from child to adulthood can also be a fraught time for parents as they watch their child discover who they are and how they fit into the wider world. It can be an even tougher process for those living with autism when anxieties can become overbearing and the world a very threatening place.  

For one family it was a journey that they will never forget and one that saw them undertake several legal battles to find a suitable home for their son, who had gone from being a placid, loving child to a very angry and lost young man. Green Light’s Bev Coumbe spoke to Richard’s parents, Robert and Grace, to find out how they supported their son with his condition and helped him reach a safe place he can finally call home. “I would say it’s been a rollercoaster ride,” said Grace, “at one point Richard’s condition was very acute.  But…