One of my assistants, Lauren, who is reliable and keeps everything working, was awarded with the regain charity carer of the year award for the following nomination:
Lauren has been a reliable and selfless carer, putting herself out consistently to make my life manageable and enjoyable. She seems to have endless patience and is always looking at ways to improve processes to save time, money and improve general health. She is tactful and strikes the balance between being a close friend and professional carer perfectly. I can enjoy my time on my own with Lauren as if it were with a close friend. Flexibility is also strong point, on various occasions when my support worker has been unable to attend work, Lauren has taken me and performed unfamiliar tasks at the latest of notice. This level of cooperation is far above that which is demanded by how Lauren is rewarded, it enables me a high standard of living and I would like to show my appreciation in any way I can.
On a completely separate note, I went to see a brilliant concert with one of my favourite hip-hop artists Mos Def. I thoroughly enjoyed it but was reminded how sometimes it’s impossible not to feel lonely when something significant sets you apart from others. We can only relate to what we can relate to.
Laurent Garnier is helping me to try to get into a dance festival and not be isolated away from my friends with a single accompaniment in the disabled “enclosure”. A big thank you to him and Marc Gordon!