Today has been a challenging start to the week. Mum is unwell and I had to phone up my social worker, (who officially isn’t because I’m not eligible for social care). She said she would pass on my concerns to Mum’s caseworkers. I have seen testimonies from people not just from WOW voices, but from countless news articles about the failing of support mechanisms, like Universal Credit and in the last week or so, about a well-being respite Centre, which is closing in South East Cornwall.
I have heard on local radio today that if it does close, then more vulnerable lives will be lost in Cornwall. This is after numerous past tragedies in the county (which has involved both mental health and learning disability).
In the not so distant future I could be facing the question “what happens to those without a family?” in real life. Evidence which is out there says that people without families to support them, get neglected and failed and ultimately die, without anyone being accountable for it. How is anyone supposed to try and lead a normal life when the system underneath its political silence, just really wants you to leave Planet Earth for good? So you are one less human for the authorities to worry about!
Well, being a decent human being, I worry about my world and everyone on it. In the last couple of days I have watched families, surfers and those lucky enough to experience love, enjoy mile long beaches. It’s what sells hotel rooms and keeps the tourist image of Cornwall alive. But what those holidaymakers are unaware of, is the pain and the crisis which could be happening under their noses. The life-limiting and chronic health conditions which despite its warm sun still exists in beautiful Cornwall.
Why can’t we have a Cornwall and Britain that cares again? Is this beyond the planet’s ability, when above my head and thirty miles above the yellow beaches of Cornwall, astronauts are living on a circling home in space. Ironically the ISS was built by human beings working together.
The final frontier is there and I want disability to be part of it. Disabled people deserve to be able to achieve their dreams regardless of the place they call home. That would be a fantastic gift for the children who are being given SEN statements in 2019. Yes, a life without poverty and despair. Does Westminster share the same vision or do l have book a ticket to London Paddington again to tell them?