A passionate and touching conversation with 80 year old Bernie Wood, manager of Talbot House, a unique, user-led support service for parent carers. Over 40 years ago, Bernie brought her then, baby son to the service, and now she runs it.
- the reality of giving birth to a disabled child in the 1970’s
- what life’s really like as a parent carer
- using humour as a way to keep going
- the importance of staying healthy in order to be able to help others
- writing to the government to instigate change
- the human-side of caring for a disabled child
- hitting rock bottom and picking herself back up
- visiting Buckingham Palace and what winning awards really mean to her
- The amazing service that Bernie runs is Talbot House, they support families of people with learning disabilities. Visit their website here for more info, including how to visit, donate or support.
- If you’re not around the Greater Manchester area, there’s links to other services here
- Write to your local councillor, MP or MEP - this helpful website will tell you who they are and send the message for you WritetoThem.com
- Suicide Prevention helplines
- Samaritans – for everyone. Call 116 123 or email email@example.com
- Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men. Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day or Visit the webchat page
- Papyrus – for people under 35. Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm, Text 07786 209697 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org