Say hello to Angela

Hi everyone, my name is Angela and I’m so pleased to have joined the Sunnybank Trust.

I am an Advocacy Administrator.

I work with Annie as part of the Advocacy team, which means I get to work with a fantastic group of volunteers and also members of the community who need some extra help and support.

Advocacy means giving a voice and I have quite a loud one myself! I am often shouting for my two dogs, Ruby and Blue to stop chewing or being naughty.

I used to work for the NSPCC, a children’s charity, where I gave assemblies to children about keeping safe from abuse. That also involved using my voice to empower children.

Now I’m learning a lot about Learning Disabilities and how sometimes people can miss out on making choices and getting what they are entitled to just because they have difficulty communicating or get overlooked.

I enjoy being around people, so like everyone I have found being in lockdown hard. I am really looking forward to being able to safely meet up with all the lovely people who are part of Sunnybank.

Thank you to everyone who has made me feel very welcome and I feel very excited about all the great work we can all do together.

Find out more about our Advocacy service here.

Random acts of kindness – top tips and ideas

Blog by Jovi Edwards, Choices Officer

Kindness is very important to us at Sunnybank. We try to be kind to others every day. Here are some simple ways to show kindness to others.

  • Hold the door open for someone, especially if they’re in a rush or have heavy bags
  • Help your friend carry their bags whilst out shopping
  • Give someone a compliment
  • Let someone go in front of you in a queue if they’re in a rush or have a disability and are wearing the Sunflower Lanyard
  • Donate your time to a charity (like Sunnybank or as Red Nose Day is coming up very soon, Comic Relief)
  • Give old clothes to a charity shop
  • Donate food to your local Foodbank
  • Do extra chores without being asked to by your parents/carers
  • SMILE!!!!
  • Give someone your seat on a crowded bus/train/tube (especially if they’re elderly, have a disability where they can’t stand in moving vehicles for long periods of time or are pregnant)
  • Give directions to someone who looks lost
  • Write a great review of a restaurant (that you went to either pre-COVID or during the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme) on either TripAdvisor, Google, Yelp or Facebook Reviews

My favourite online clubs

Blog written by Jovi Edwards, Choices Officer

A photo of Jovi looking at the camera wearing a pink jumper, pink hairband and glasses

What groups do I attend?

I like to attend as many of Sunnybank’s online activity groups as I can. My favourites are ‘Movies with Mates’ on Mondays, ‘Coffee & Chat’ on Tuesdays, ‘Drama Club’ on Thursdays and the Pub Quiz on Friday evenings. I also like to attend the monthly Swag disco and monthly Zoom party.

I also take part in a dance class which isn’t part of Sunnybank and is run by Malookoo Dance Fitness every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (and most Wednesdays when the Sunnybank Zoom party isn’t running).

What do I enjoy most about the online groups?

I like these groups because I get to see my friends, make new friends and they’re the activities I like doing in my free time anyway (watching Films, doing quizzes and dancing).

What do I find hard about attending the online groups?

Sometimes my Wi-Fi connection can be bad, sometimes other people can be frozen on my screen, sometimes people have loud noise (TV, their parents/carers talking loudly and even kettles boiling loudly) in the background and I can’t hear other people.

To find out more about the online activities at Sunnybank, visit our lockdown hub. Our activities are for adults with learning disabilities and are free to attend.