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looking to meet people I have things in common with.

Lucy411
Lucy411 Member Posts: 74 Courageous
edited April 2019 in Cerebral palsy
Hi All,

Currently live in Birmingham, I have CP and am looking to meet people I have things in common with.

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  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,578 Scope online community team
    Hi @Lucy411, welcome to the community. How are you doing today?
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  • Antonia_Alumni
    Antonia_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,781 Pioneering
    Welcome to the community @Lucy411 :) I'll move you over to our Cerebral Palsy discussions group. If you have any questions, please let us know.
  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,945 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Lucy411 welcome to the community! :)
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  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,178 Scope online community team
    Hi @Lucy411
    Great to meet you!
    I work for Scope and live with CP. I'm from the Midlands too. Are you looking for a specific group? 
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  • Lucy411
    Lucy411 Member Posts: 74 Courageous
    Hi all, sorry I’ve taken so long to reply. I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed by things lately. I’ve somehow ended up not having many people to talk to and want to change that. Antonia thanks for the offer. I’m 33 and born with CP so I’m clued in, at least I hope so by now  ;) Nice to meet all of you.
  • April2018mom
    April2018mom Posts: 2,872 Connected
    Hello @Lucy411

    What are your interests/hobbies? There are lots of activities for disabled people out there. Your local council website should have more information on activities specifically for disabled folks- start by looking on there. Or, you can ask around and see if anyone can help point you in the right direction. Do you love dancing? Music? Literature?
    If you are keen on acting, find out about drama clubs for disabled adults. I enjoy writing so I formed my own writing club solely for disabled people over 18 years of age. Good luck! It is a great way to meet other disabled people as well. 

    Alternatively you could volunteer. There are volunteering positions for disabled people too. Have a look online. See which ones are appropriate and start volunteering. 

    This website has details of where to begin searching. 
    http://oxme.info/cms/health/activities-young-people-disabilities
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,545 Disability Gamechanger
    Nice to meet you @Lucy411! I too have CP, how are you doing today?

    Is there anything we can do to make you feel less overwhelmed? It's not a pleasant feeling. 
    Scope

  • Lucy411
    Lucy411 Member Posts: 74 Courageous
    Hello @Lucy411

    What are your interests/hobbies? There are lots of activities for disabled people out there. Your local council website should have more information on activities specifically for disabled folks- start by looking on there. Or, you can ask around and see if anyone can help point you in the right direction. Do you love dancing? Music? Literature?
    If you are keen on acting, find out about drama clubs for disabled adults. I enjoy writing so I formed my own writing club solely for disabled people over 18 years of age. Good luck! It is a great way to meet other disabled people as well. 

    Alternatively you could volunteer. There are volunteering positions for disabled people too. Have a look online. See which ones are appropriate and start volunteering. 

    This website has details of where to begin searching. 
    http://oxme.info/cms/health/activities-young-people-disabilities
    Hi April2018mom,

    thanks, not sure I come under ‘young person’ under voluntary organisations anymore. 

    I already am part of a dance group and I love it but don’t really meet outside of the group, not for lack of me suggesting things. I also love going to the theatre and dogs. Tried to find volunteering or apprenticeships in both but without any luck. It disheartens me that many opportunities are for 25 and under. If I was self sufficient I’d travel and meet people that way.

    Congrats on setting up the writing group, sounds interesting.



  • Lucy411
    Lucy411 Member Posts: 74 Courageous
    Nice to meet you @Lucy411! I too have CP, how are you doing today?

    Is there anything we can do to make you feel less overwhelmed? It's not a pleasant feeling. 
    Hi Chloe,

    Nice to meet you. I honestly have no idea. I want to volunteer doing something that I love that could maybe turn into a job. I only have one PA at the moment and have always felt trapped by my need for assistance with all personal tasks. I’ve always needed to feel useful. If you know of any opportunities please let me know.

  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,178 Scope online community team
    Hi @Lucy411
    I used to volunteer and I really enjoyed it. Have you considered volunteering in your local Scope shop?
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  • Lucy411
    Lucy411 Member Posts: 74 Courageous
    Sad to report Richard I wouldn't be able to get into my local scope shop.
  • April2018mom
    April2018mom Posts: 2,872 Connected
    Have you considered university of the third age or not @Lucy411?

    This is a international movement for retired folks who need simulation mentally and physically too. You can find more information on their website https://www.u3a.org.uk

    It is a great way to meet new people and learn a new skill at the same time! Chances are you will find something that catches your interest, given the number of groups across all areas of the UK. There are even activity groups you can join. It costs £12 to become a member. 
  • Lucy411
    Lucy411 Member Posts: 74 Courageous
    Have you considered university of the third age or not @Lucy411?

    This is a international movement for retired folks who need simulation mentally and physically too. You can find more information on their website https://www.u3a.org.uk

    It is a great way to meet new people and learn a new skill at the same time! Chances are you will find something that catches your interest, given the number of groups across all areas of the UK. There are even activity groups you can join. It costs £12 to become a member. 
    I'm only 33 but thanks. :D
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,545 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Lucy411, volunteering sounds like a great idea! 

    Here are a list of volunteering opportunities that Scope offer, this includes being a community champion on the online community. :)

    Also, here is some other information about volunteering. :)
    Scope

  • Lucy411
    Lucy411 Member Posts: 74 Courageous
    Hi @Lucy411, volunteering sounds like a great idea! 

    Here are a list of volunteering opportunities that Scope offer, this includes being a community champion on the online community. :)

    Also, here is some other information about volunteering. :)

    Thanks @Chloe I'll check them out.
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,545 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2019
    No problem @Lucy411! Please let us know how you get on. :)
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