“My name is Robert Casey.
I have Cerebral Palsy along with a few other medical issues. I have limited use in my right hand and very little use in my legs which means I am a wheelchair user. I also have a learning difficulty and short term memory loss.
I am a very sociable person and enjoy people’s company. I have a good sense of humour and also enjoy good banter.
I was introduced to Inspirative Arts by Andy who is my support worker, Andy works closely with me and helps me get involved in activities that are very stimulating and enjoyable.
For the past 4 months every Thursday I have attended 2 hour sessions at the Inspirative Arts centre in Derby. I get to work with a lovely Lady K.J. and sometime other staff members join in. I find K.J. very easy to get on with and find her very understanding of my needs along with abilities to what I am able to do. I enjoy the variety of activities that I get involved in and along with the staff’s friendly banter. This helps me be very relaxed and at ease and feel important. I also enjoy both Andy & Martin who are my support workers joining in my activities. I enjoy the music therapy at the Arts centre and singing people into the day makes me feel that everyone is involved.
I do feel that the benefits of attending Inspirative Arts makes me come out of my shell even if it’s just for the time I spend there. I get very excited when I know I am going to the centre, and I am on a very good high when I leave the centre at the end of the session. I feel well rewarded and look forward to the following week when I return.
I do feel that it is very important for me to continue attending the Arts centre, Thursdays are the days that I look forward to as this brings me a lot of fulfilling rewards and happiness, and makes me feel that I am Robert. I want to thank everybody at the Inspirative Arts for making me feel welcome and a person. I look forward to continuing our work together. Thank you. ”