Just before Easter, everybody at the Aylesbury evening club got a tasty treat! Kathy, a club volunteer, won an enormous chocolate egg in the Aylesbury Lions Club raffle raising money for Bucks Young Carers and the Florence Nightingale Hospice. Kathy is a self-confessed chocoholic, but this 1,000g egg was too much of a challenge for her, so instead shared it with everybody at the club. Thanks Kathy!
Our members tell us what they like about Social Link.
Catherine I love Social Link because we do activities like craft and Karaoke, I also enjoy going to the cinema and out and about. I have lots of friends here and enjoy socialising with them.
Zoe I like coming to Social Link because we do arts and craft, sometimes we go out to the cafe and have hot chocolate and marsh mellows.
Lee Social Link is fun and enjoyable. The staff are always here to help and support us. It has helped me grow in confidence and face some of my fears, I now believe in myself and I feel happy when I am going there to see everybody.
Teresa Good things about Social Link are being able to join in new activities, it helps everyone. Arts and craft helps us gain our own talents and brilliant skills. Follow their hearts is to have hope and courage and keeping the promise.
Karen T I like coming to Social Link because I see my best friend and everybody is so friendly. In the afternoon I like colouring and doing puzzles. I also use the Amazon fire tablet to play games.
Claire S I love taking part in all the activities and being with friends. It has helped me to become more independent and to feel good about myself which makes me feel proud of who I’ve become.
Rachel W Social Link has helped me interact with my friends and others in the community. It’s helping me to become more independent so much so that I am now more confident and have moved out of home. It makes me feel safe and I’ve been taught how to use the bus. It helps to develop your skills and own talents.
Members tell us about there work and lives outside of Social link
Hayley’ birthday 26th Jan. On my birthday I will open presents and have a breakfast of croissants and bucks fizz, then I might go out and party all night. I’m going to a Burns night party where people bring food and drink to share. Wish me a happy birthday and a hangover the next day.
Claire Simpson, My job. Hi my name is Claire Simpson I have a job at Nancy Court Hall on Fridays, it is voluntary but I’m hoping eventually get paid. My support worker Sue helped me get the job, she picks me up at 8:30 am and I get to work at 9:00, I start at 9:30 and finish at 3:15. Nancy Court Hall is a day centre for old people who use the centre in the week for somewhere to go. I talk to the day people who go there, it’s nice they all love to chat about what they are doing or have done with their partners and family. One lady loves talking about where her and her husband go at weekends, they like going for a coffee at Costa. Another lady talks about when she was a music teacher. Some have dementia and some only show early signs of dementia, they talk about there youth. Some can remember everyday things and some have it bad, we just chat to them and make sure they are o/k. We also do activities with them and at 10:30 we have tea and biscuits. 12:30 we give them lunch which they choose from a menu when they arrive, then we have our lunch with them. I have a friend who also works there called Kelly and the staff are nice. I love my job.
My name is Vicky and I Really like singing to Donny Osmond and his brothers. I have got a few CD’s and DVD’s. My favourite song is “Love me for a reason” and I go to my room and listen to my iPad.
Music performed by Social link members
New this month we have two tracks recorded by Social Link members and selected by the Media group. The first song is by Claire Simpson, Claire not only sang the song but she is also the co-writer along with myself (Richard). The song is called "Little sister" and is of course about Claire's younger sister. The second song is sung by Rachel Chan, Rachel learnt the song from "Jango" a web site which allows unsigned writers and performers to present their music to the public for free. As I had written the song in 2005 for the UK song writing contest I still have access to the backing track which I allowed Rachel to use. Both the tracks can be heard below.
Chris Davies tells us about his vision for ADFA
I feel very strongly that people with all learning disabilities should have long term employment so I am starting my own charity called ADFA which stands for Arts and Drama For All. In a couple of years’ time I shall start up an academy which will ensure people with all learning disabilities to gain the tools and skills to enter a job/career in drama, film, media, television, radio and all performing arts. It will multi cultured Academy with all different departments, including sports facilities to make sure that the members have an active life too. I would like to point out that the academy students will be national and international which is the big thing. As it would make a huge difference to many people with all learning disabilities to make something of themselves in these modern times we have to face day to day and especially in the 21st century. They are the future of this planet we are proud. Anyone who is out there could help me to make this happen. Latest news One of the pilot groups is under way which is the art group which I am working with my sister Sarah and I ask if anyone who would like to join and to do great all kind of art. Where will work towards a art exhibition.
Caroline’s story As a baby I was brought up in very difficult circumstances eventually leading to injuries that would effect me the rest of my life. At the time I was living in Germany, I was flown back to England so my injuries could be treated. My injuries were so severe that I was baptized quickly and then rushed into Great Ormond street children’s hospital where I underwent several operations. I was on the ward for 10 months, it was thought that when I would eventually come thought the surgery that I would be left with serve learning difficulties and cerebral palsy as well as low IQ. After being discharged I went to stay with my Nanny who fed me on a diet of eggs (that saved my life) but now because I had so many my body now rejects the albumen (which is the white of the egg). Despite my problems I have come through my ordeal with flying colours and have proved the surgeons wrong, I am now living in a home and leading a normal healthy life style I also help out at Social Link as a volunteer.