• 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  my flat,  Uncategorized

    H is for…

    H is for home. Home for me is a flat in Didcot.  I’ve lived here for almost ten years and it’s cluttered and currently very messy in places.  But it’s brilliant. It’s in the perfect location for me – close to town and right by the train station. I don’t need to get taxis to get anywhere which saves me a lot of money. It’s fully adapted to my needs and was as it was built (I’m the only person who has lived here).  It’s not as nice as it was when it was first built and really needs a lick or two of paint in places.  But it’s also…

  • 2014,  C-A-B,  campaigns,  guest blog,  I want to change the world,  mental health,  my flat,  perceptions,  personal,  perspective,  political,  success stories,  Uncategorized

    On Volunteering and Housing Day

    Today is #HousingDay (hashtag housing day) a day designed to promote social housing and highlight all it does for people in the UK, how important it is and just what the need for social housing is. I know from my own experiences just how much having access to a flat that is fully adapted to my needs, is safe and secure (in terms of both safety and tenancy) and affordable is.  It’s more than a roof over your head it’s the ability to make plans and do things and get on with your life that might otherwise be impossible. And in both parts of my CAB  role (adviser/gateway assessor and…

  • CP related,  depression,  disability,  DLA,  Family,  incontinence,  my flat,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    >My submission to the consultation on DLA reform

    > I am lifelong disabled. Always have been and always will be.  Specifically I have cerebral palsy (CP) and use a wheelchair 95% of the time.  I’m able to stand and take a couple of steps, enough solely to move between bed, wheelchair, toilet, powerchair etc.  I also have clinical depression and anxiety.  This was not caused by my physical disability but is made much worse by it.  I was diagnosed with this in 2003 and have been on treatment for it almost continually since then.  I have many concerns about DLA reform. As someone who is lifelong disabled I’ve been in receipt of DLA at the rate of Middle…