Up the workers!!!



Tomorrow I see my friend Richard Lees, I first met him in 1986.  In January 1986 Cleshar Employment Agency sent me to Highbury Grove Adult Training Centre, a pretentious name for a day centre for adults with learning disabilities.  The name was a throwback to the industrial model of day services where units were set up doing repetitive menial work with the people attending getting paid a wage at the end of the week.  With the decline of British industry and the social model becoming more accepted the name remained but it was run with groups offering therapeutic care, social education, leisure opportunities.  It was here I met many current FB friends.  I was based in Special Needs 2 which was supporting clients with learning and physical disabilities.  Special Needs 1 was for clients with challenging behaviour.  They represented a minority of the clients using this service. Straight away I…

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