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Natalie’s Story

Take Charge at Innovate Trust

When I was a little girl I lived in Bryn Ifor. I went to Ysgol Pen Y Bont in Bridgend, I loved it. I used to do gardening, woodwork and swimming – there was a pool in the school. My favourite lesson was games, running round the pitch. I loved sports day! My mum learned to ride a bike there.

I went Park Lane School as well in Aberdare. I made wicker baskets and did photography – I can’t be without my camera. I made rugs on canvas, pulling wool through with hooks, and I was in school plays – I dressed up as a horse and a dragon!

I went to Treforest Day Centre after that. I did sewing and worked with Eddie in the black bag room.

I have lived in my house for thirteen years since August 12th, 2006. I love living here in my own house, I have my own pet, Mogsy.

What I have learned and done with Take Charge

Brainstorming Coffee Morning

I went with Becky, Jane and Janet to the office. They had a piece of paper and we wrote what activities we wanted to do on it. I was really pleased that they wanted to know what I thought. I can get nervous doing new things but it made me feel more confident about going out, I would do it again.

Heartstart Training

I learned about CPR, choking (I did it on a member of staff like a role play), bleeding and the recovery position. It was brilliant, I really enjoyed it. I have done first aid before in day centre, but I would feel more confident if I had to do first aid on somebody now.

Fire Buddy Training

I now have a finger rod to reach the ceilings for the smoke alarms – I used to use a mop! I learned about putting wires in the right places. We talked about fire blankets, fire alarms and what to do if there is a fire – get out quickly without panicking. I am going to be a volunteer fire buddy, testing the alarms in my house.

I am hoping to try some new activities in the future – I might give gardening at St Fagans a go.