I write this with a heavy heart.
I thought twice about sharing this, but then I realised that it is important to share the sad with the glad.
About ten years ago I was approached by the local Authority to see if I could take a young man with a Learning Disability.
I never promise that they can do woodwork until I have interviewed the person. When I have the interview all my other “Jolly Rogues” will be around at a distance appearing busy. We have a close knit wee team and it is important that we can all get on. This is at my Home after all.
When it is a learning disability I like to be sure of good hand to or eye coordination and attention span. You normally get all that in an assessment from an Occupational Therapistor other health care professional.
Not to say this would prevent the person from trying woodworking. We would just need to have 2-3 people present for safety.
We agreed to take him on for a six week course.
That was ten years ago 2 days a week. During this period I’ve had a bypass a ruptured spleen, yet during these times he came to the hospital instead of the shop. I was in for 6 month.
When he came at first he had never caught a bus on his own and only with a carer. Within 3 months he was travelling on his own and last year he took his Mum to Spain. He did all the bookings on line.
This young man is now 38 and only now has he the confidence to go for a new job. His whole life he was told what he COULDN’T DO not what he COULD DO.
I’ll continue this.
Just that I know what I want to say I must think how to write it.
I’m new to Blog so please be patient.
-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe