I sustained a Brain Injury in March 2000 following a fall from a horse. For years after my accident I moved home many times and it was not until 2009 that I found Reside who agreed to take me on as their permanent Tenant after an Adult Social Worker gave me a long list of 35 Supported Housing providers to contact, I called them all but Reside was the only specialist Provider that was able to assist me with my complex needs.
Reside have sincerely changed my life for the better. They found me a rustic cottage with a garden and an open fire in a quiet rural hamlet in North Cornwall and I am currently still there after 7 years allowing me to be more settled and secure than I have ever been. My quality of life has dramatically improved and I am a happier person.
Since living here I have taken up Trail running which has considerably helped make it easier for me to control the effects of my Brain Injury. I compete In trail races organised by a local events company who encourage and include everyone who enters their races regardless of their age, ability or Disability. Since having a Disability I often still feel excluded from many social events – Running with “The Mud Crew” is not one of them!
I have also had Media coverage too! The English Federation of Disability Sport published an article about my Running and I also became Cornwall’s first “This Girl Can” Sports Ambassador – A campaign to get Women regardless of age,ability or Disability to get into sport and I was this year interviewed on local TV and Radio promoting this campaign for National Women’s day in March. Headway the Brain Injury Association have also published a piece of writing on their website about me.
None of the above would have been possible without Reside Housing Association. They have truly helped change my life around for the better. The Kindness understanding and support I have personally received from the Reside Staff has been truly amazing and something I am always very appreciative of.
Understanding and dealing with a person with a Brain Injury is incredibly hard and the majority of people I have had to deal with unfortunately just do not get it – Reside do.