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Friday, 17 May 2013
I often describe here how having a healthy soul is essential for us all to live active, motivated lives. I describe how through conductive living conductors help their clients to achieve this for themselves.
Here is an example of just the opposite. An example of what can happen to the soul when that active lifestyle is taken away. Not taken away because of a sudden illness, a stroke, an accident or a progressive neurological disease, but by other people and circumstances. In the case those people are the British Government and circumstances you can hear about in a discussion on BBC Radio Four's Face the Facts.
Listen to this – perhaps not a nice-listen, but interesting and I think an essential-listen for anyone working with adults with disability –
Remploy has been something that I have known about from the start of my young working life in England, probably even part of my growing-up years, I honestly do not remember. As teachers we knew about the Remploy workers because, as one speaker explained when describing the pride that Remploy employees had in their work, over half the schools in Britain have furniture made by Remploy employees.
Among other products Remploy factories also produced wheelchairs and protective clothing for the Armed Services. All of this pride, and production, and of feeling belonging to the community has now gone, or is all but gone. Remploy factories are closing very quickly, but what has happened to those thousands of people who worked in them with pride, with self-esteem and healthy souls? Over two thirds are still un-employed, many have lost their independence and one man describes in this short radio programme how soul-destroying this can be.
Perhaps from listening to this some considerations can be made, perhaps a few ideas may pop up all over the country where these factories once were, about how jobs can be offered to some of these thousands of skilled workers who were made redundant. Or perhaps a louder voice in protest at the closures will be heard.
Something surely must happen to stop destroying people's souls and to provide work places for the disabled adults of the future. Many of those adults of the future are our clients now.