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My story – Mr V ‘Getting involved and feeling useful again’

What was the issue?

Mr V is 55 years old and is a wheelchair user as a result of spinal injuries, which left him severely disabled.

Mr V had begun suffering from depression and poor self esteem. He was not getting out much and had a limited social life. He was unable to work and longed to feel useful once again.

How did we help?

Mr V was able to begin attending Queens Cross centre for adults with physical disabilities. Over time his attendance has increased and he now attends most weekdays. Here he has made full use of the facilities and developed a circle of good friends.

Queens Cross centre offers lots of facilities for people with physical disabilities and encourages people who attend to develop their skills and abilities in any are that they wish.

Queens Cross also has a user led organisation called Disability in Action based at its premises. Users of the centre have formed the organisation and have become fully involved in the running of the centre and its facilities; they also offer a peer support, advice and guidance service to others with physical disabilities. Mr V has joined the organisation and helps with its operation.

What difference did this make?

Mr V now feels happy and useful, with a purpose to his life once again. He has a good circle of friends and colleagues at the centre. He feels valuable and has become fully involved in the development of the user led organisation. His personal life has also improved as his wife now has her own time at home and a break from being his carer.

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