Recognising Ability Blog

Welcome to ‘Recognising Ability’, The Meath blog which aims to celebrate and highlight some of the extraordinary achievements and stories from The Meath community.

It’s always my pleasure to discover the many inspiring stories that we have at The Meath. Often, just a brief conversation with one of the people we support, a staff member, volunteer or relative provides thought provoking new insight into living with, or supporting a person who lives with complex epilepsy and disabilities. We’re proud to recognise the considerable ability that exists within The Meath and it is with equal pride that we share these stories with you on our blog. Whether you enjoy the insight into the lives of some of the amazing people within The Meath community or feel inspired to share your own story, we hope that this blog enables you to join us in recognising ability.Helen Jackson, Marketing Manager.

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Recognising Ability

David: On Zen, Art & Motor Mechanics

1 September 2021

David has lived at Meath Supported Living accommodation with housemates in central Godalming for 4 years. He lives with epilepsy and has dystonia which he acquired at the age of 17 months following a stroke. David takes medication to help manage his epilepsy, but he also works hard at maintaining a busy but balanced lifestyle. He’s adept at managing his nocturnal seizures and dystonia while also enjoying...

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No Place Like Home: Lucy

29 July 2021

After boarding at St Piers, Lingfield (now Young Epilepsy) from the age of 11, Lucy moved to The Meath aged 18 in 1998. Lucy is well known to those within The Meath Community as a friendly, happy, person who enjoys activities, trips out and going back to her parental home regularly. It’s clear to see that while Lucy can be happily painting in a session or helping...

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Mel: The Long & Winding Road

1 July 2021

At 10 years old Mel’s life took a drastic turn in a different direction when walking back from church on Ascension Day in her home village of nearby Cranleigh, she was hit by a car. Three weeks later she woke up in hospital to learn that the incident did not take her life, and set about the arduous task of re-learning the basic life skills that she...

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Rachel: In the Frame

27 May 2021

Having volunteered at Changing Perceptions since 2016, Rachel gained valuable experience of working with some of the people we support in skills-based group sessions. When a Support Worker role became available in May 2019, Rachel jumped at the chance to work at The Meath. While Support Work was rewarding, Rachel soon felt that she missed working in creative sessions. Since November 2019 Rachel has been a Skills...

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Regan: From Surviving to Thriving

29 April 2021

May 2021 marks Regan’s 11 year anniversary of living at The Meath, it’s also the month for National Epilepsy Awareness Week, which seemed rather fitting to me as Regan recounted her incredible life story. Realising that she had reached another Meath anniversary, Regan commented:

“I’ve lived at The Cottages since 2010. It’s a wonderful home, I’ve achieved and learned so much”.
Regan is known...

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