Rawleigh House Registered Care Home for adults with learning disabilities in Sherborne is on the look out for volunteers on Saturday 16 June 2018.

The home is creating a sensory garden which will really benefit the people who live at Rawleigh House.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Living with any kind of challenge – be it mental health, a physical or learning disability – presents issues that simply aren’t a worry for individuals without them. But for individuals with challenges, things like day-to-day tasks, socialising and employment can be difficult or seemingly impossible without support.

Roughly 40,000 people in the UK have Down’s syndrome and around 750 babies are born with the condition each year.
Classified as a learning disability, Down’s syndrome can bring with it some developmental challenges, but with correct support these can be overcome.

In April 2013 a new benefit called the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was introduced. It was designed to gradually replace the existing Disability Living Allowance (DLA). However, the transition to the new benefit was not as smooth for everyone as it should have been, and in some cases PIP has caused considerable distress. 

Like it or not sex is part of our everyday lives and societal changes have made it more prominent than ever before.

Individuals are freer to live their lives in a manner that suits them and with it are free to explore sexuality and sexual experiences in a way that that would have past generations clutching at their pearls.

We have the luxury of enjoying our sexual sides in more or less anyway of our choosing – be that in a long term relationship or as a friend with benefits – unless, it seems you have learning disabilities.

Living with a mental health issue is a challenge. While the rest of the world carries on like business as usual the individual can be wrestling with feelings of loneliness, low self-worth, severe anxiety or a host of other feelings specific to their issues.

The hustle and bustle of everyday life can make it easy for those with mental health issues to feel forgotten about. But what if you’re a child or young person in an environment where everyone around you seems to be perfectly happy, engaging with their schooling or their friends?

A cure is defined as something that relieves a person of the symptoms of a disease or condition.

Whilst there are some who subscribe to the notion that mental health issues are – in fact – mental illnesses, it is largely considered a disproved concept.

Although it’s true that medication can help individuals with mental health issues, altering the chemistry of the brain to stimulate – or suppress – the various cognitive centres only masks the problem, it doesn’t relieve anything.

Becoming a carer is not easy.

It may have been an easy decision because, after all, caring for someone you love is one of the most natural things in the world.

However caring for someone – whether they have a severe physical or learning disability or debilitating medical condition is both challenging and lonely.

It cannot be understated what a huge step it is to realise that you’re experiencing challenges. An even bigger one to access mental health services in order to do something about it.

Knowing which service to access or the level of support you need may feel bewildering at a time when you’re in real need for clarity.

We also advise that in the first instance you should consult your GP. Always be very clear with the receptionist that you’re experiencing mental health issues and they will do everything they can to get you seen as soon as possible.

Doctors, nutritionists and the media will regularly – and passionately – extoll the virtues of eating your five a day, cutting down on alcohol and red meat and the benefits of regular exercise. All to improve our physical health.

There isn’t a great deal said of our mental health.

Granted, the signs of physical ill-health are far more overt and potentially more life threatening. Conditions like obesity and diabetes cost the NHS £20 billion a year and that figure is expected to rise significantly over the next 30 years.


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