Showing posts from July, 2015

Moving Home for the First Time

Watching your child leave home for the first time can spark mixed emotions for many parents, being a bittersweet experience tinged with hopes for their future and sadness, perhaps of a cherished life finally moving on. For Alison it has been a huge step. As Scott’s primary carer, helping him to overcome the daily hurdles that he has faced living with autism, letting him go has been tough.
He recently moved into a home in Camborne, with one-to-one support run by Green Light. Having used its Personal Care services for a number of years, with staff taking Scott out to enjoy activities in the community and providing overnight respite meant he was already familiar with the teams supporting him during his transition. It was a nerve wracking time for his parents not knowing whether he would settle in his new environment. “We feel it was the right decision, although it has been much harder for us than for Scott who seems to have taken to his new home. It's hard letting go a…

Hall for Cornwall reaches out to people with Autism

In a bid to attract more diverse audiences the Hall For Cornwall is working closely with companies and community groups across Cornwall inviting them to take up the offer of free tickets giving their work force and teams exciting new opportunities to enjoy a wide selection of performances.

Hall For Cornwall is one of five theatres and concert halls in Truro, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and Liverpool, each benefiting from a 500,000 grant from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations. The award is being used to run a five-year project to widen audiences, with a particular focus on building sustainable relationships with community partners. It is also tailored to reflect the values and aspirations of the original ‘Hamlyn Club’ at the Royal Opera House in London and of the Foundation’s involvement in audience development since the early 1990s.

Liz Wright, HFC’s Community Coordinator, met with staff at Green Light, in Redruth, to showcase the deals on offer, which …

Autism To Africa and Beyond

To Africa and Beyond……...
There are many reasons why Melanie Cowpland shouldn’t be travelling across Europe and Africa on a motorbike with her young daughter in a sidecar. During their fundraising journey, through more than 20 countries, they will face many challenges. Top of the list is her daughter’s autism, followed by the unfamiliar terrain, foods and cultures. Her decision to take Sofia on such a gruelling journey, that is bound to test their physical and mental endurance, was born out of her ambition to travel and not to allow her daughter’s autism to limit her life experiences.
Melanie Cowpland with her daughter, Sofia, 9, enjoying a trip through the New Forest in preparation for their epic bike ride from East London in the UK to East London in South Africa, covering more than 4,000 miles.
Having grown up in Zimbabwe Melanie is a seasoned traveller who is keen to pass on her love of adventure to Sofia, although the pair have endured much along the way: “I took Sofia on a backpacki…

White knuckle rides, a caravan & KFC

People with autism should not be defined by their behaviours or have their life experiences limited. The recent holidays and trips, undertaken by many receiving our support, is testament to the rewards that can be reaped when people are encouraged to try out new things and explore the world around them.
It’s important that people feel safe and secure but it is equally important that they are given new opportunities. Luke Keast is a key worker for one young man who lives in a modern 4-bedroom home, near Redruth.  Despite the challenges posed by the 600-mile round trip, and three day stay at a busy theme park, Luke was determined to give Michael a holiday of a lifetime. The emphasis was to put aside their normal routine and have fun with a few ‘white knuckles’ along the way.
A young man with ADHD, mild learning difficulties and Pica;  a compulsive eating disorder where people eat non-food items, such as pieces of glass and metal, it was vital that staff understood Michael’s needs. His ent…