Stories of regenerating lives from
people supported by The Thistle Foundation in Renfrew.
Between December 2000 and June 2001, 14 people began new lives -
a regeneration process of discovery and rediscovery. They moved
from institutional care for people with learning difficulties and
physical disabilities to their own brand-new homes in two ordinary
neighbourhoods in Renfrew, Scotland. They had spent between 10 and
65 years in different institutional environments - an average of 28
years each - and a combined total of 339 years in care. All, in
unique ways, needed and need support to live full and included
lives, to participate in and contribute to their community and to
achieve their potential.
This book draws together 11 personal stories, giving a voice to
the individuals, and those who care about them, to tell their
account of life now and life before they moved. These are
astonishing tales of resilience, hope and ambition.
Compiled and edited by Julia Fitzpatrick, with Jaynie
Price: £5.00 inc P&P (size A4)