Each member of the family has their own favourite thing about Mencap;
Amber “I like it when they come here! It’s a nice break for me!”.
Aidan “I like winding everyone up!”.
Alistair “It looks bigger on the inside than the outside”.
And finally, Sarah.
“Watching the kids grow. All 4 kids have various ‘colourations’ and various needs. We know they’re safe here, they’re secure here, they’re happy here. And they’re growing up, finding their own niche.
“Me and Dean don’t have those family connections. It’s just me, Dean, the kids and Mencap.
“ So it’s that reassurance to know they’ve got somewhere they can go to. And with the staff they build those relationships that you might have with an Uncle or Auntie or something like that and even with the pandemic- Aidan getting that phone call (from Vicky, ALH staff) he enjoyed those. It was nice just to have that.
“Knowing they’ve got that safe place to come to where they’re not stuck in the house all the time; them coming here is fantastic for their mental health and wellbeing. And even if there are days when they don’t really want to go, we know they need to because we know it’ll make them feel better.
“I think we’re going to be here for a long, long time”.