The “Taking the Wheel” campaign reached Abergavenny today.
Service users and carers from Hafal’s Monmouthshire project have discussed the campaign’s theme of empowerment during today’s event.
Jane, a service user and carer in her mid fifties who looks after her daughter (who has schizophrenia) and her housebound husband, said: “Hafal has helped me take the wheel by encouraging and supporting me to do many things for myself which I wouldn’t have believed possible previously.
“For example where once I would have flown off the handle if I had a letter demanding rent from the council’s housing department I’ve learnt to approach tasks like this in a much calmer fashion. I file my letters away and do things like finances step-by-step.
“I used to rely on people and lean on services too much, now I will take the initiative myself and address these problems on my own.”
To see more pictures of today’s event please go to: http://tiny.cc/dsybs