While Storm Doris was creating havoc across the country, in Cardiff we were creating a Storm all of our very own. On Wednesday the 22nd of February we ran our second Cardiff Storm event all around Independent Living. Now while for many those two words can be quite daunting we wanted to take away all the common misconceptions and show people how much support there is available to young people to allow them to live independently with confidence.
With a group of about 20 meeting at Cardiff Central Library with plenty of biscuits to feed an army were set for an afternoon of productive discussions.
We were lucky enough to have Jason Grubb from Sight Cymru, who is a Cardiff Rehabilitation Officer and spoke about what he and the service can do for you. Nathan Foy the Engagement Officer for Guide Dogs also joined us to discuss to benefits to having a Guide Dog and how the process of applying works. For more information on this keep an eye out for our next post around rehabilitation and getting a Guide Dog coming soon.
Mared and I spoke and led the discussion around Benefits and Concessions. This was a beneficial and productive discussion for the group but gave us insight into even more services available and helped us decide what the next session would focus on. We discussed things like – Radar Keys, concessions at sports events and assistance when travelling on trains, coaches and planes. A lot of questions came out of this for Mared and I to go and investigate further.
We’re already looking forward to our next event for the Cardiff and South East group. It will be centred around Employment and Direct Payment, two topics that were mentioned a lot on wednesday.
Finally, we would like to say a massive thank you to everybody who came and joined in but most importantly, thank you to Jason and Nathan for coming speak to the groups.
Keep an eye out for more information on our next event on the 18th of March up in Llandudno.