USING THE EXPERIENCE OF FAMILY CARERS: RACHEL
Rachel has 2 children; Eva, 6 and Joseph, 9 who has a diagnosis of autism and learning disabilities. Her first experience of Centre 404 was a coffee morning at a time when Joseph was undiagnosed. Initially nervous, she soon found that there were many parents around who were very friendly, open and willing to share their experience and advice. Rachel now volunteers for Centre 404, helping to steer our work with her ideas and experience.
“When you’re new to this, you don’t really know what it is to be a carer or what you’re entitled to. It was brilliant to come somewhere Joseph isn’t being judged. For me it’s really important for siblings to see that they’re not the only one with an unusual brother or sister. It helps to normalise things.
I’m aware of how important organisations like Centre 404 are now and will be in the future. I am amazed at how powerful Centre 404 is. I feel like anything you come here with, you will absolutely be listened to. I feel strongly about being positive and helping to give back. It’s about using the experience of family carers in a positive way.”