Penny’s Blog – The First Blog

Well that’s exactly what it is, a new blog and a new blogger so bear with me and I am sure it will get better…

It probably only amuses me that my first blog is about my first blog but you need to know what it’s all going to be about.

As Membership Officer at Equal Lives, I along with my very hairy Guide Dog Winnie get to visit our members, Member groups and attend a variety of events and activities.

These all provide a wealth of information and opportunities as well as the chance to share and learn from each other’s experiences and the odd cuppa and cake…

So in my blog I want to tell you about these groups, share some of the information and experiences and let you know about all the fantastic support and opportunities that there are out there for disabled people.

So join me with my blog to see where I have been or just to monitor my progress as a blogger…


Recently I attended the Opening Doors AGM (picture below)

The visit started with me searching for my guide dogs harness and then my guide dog, before I remembered I had my stick and Winnie was chilling at home- so as always my support worker Ronnie was waiting patiently for me to leave 10 minutes after I said I would.

Opening Doors supports people with Learning Difficulties/Disabilities and is one of Equal Lives Member groups.

It was really good to attend the event and talk to real people instead of the email life so many of us lead nowadays for communication, oh and of course Twitter, Facebook, text etc. Nothing wrong with them, very useful in fact, but it’s still nice to put a face and voice to a name.

The AGM, ran by the members of Opening Doors provided a snap shot of the work they do across the County and how that work impacts on people’s lives, told by the people whose lives it impacts on. It’s so engaging, you want to know more.

Hayley, the chair of the Trustees read us a poem she had written about the work and the people at Opening Doors. It’s so easy for people to relate to that I think I must ask her if I can have a copy to share in our e-bulletin – so many people will relate to it, so catch up with future e-bulletins to make sure you don’t miss it…..

Business over and it’s time to catch up with familiar faces from other Organisations attending the AGM and lunch; who ever minds having lunch and how sad for those who have to rush off and miss the cake…

(There’s a theme beginning here…)

Missed the rain too whilst I was in there so a bonus all round

Off to the Deaf Awareness event at the forum this Friday 14th July; tell you all about it next week….

Here is a link to Deaf Awareness Event: Deaf Festival

Picture of people at Opening Doors AGM


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