Edna's story

“I wanted to learn how to do things for myself”

Edna stands by a whiteboard as she learns new skills

Edna has complex disabilities and first came to Action For Kids with her school as part of our Outreach programme.  When she left school she contacted us to see if she could join our Work Related Learning Programme to start learning new skills.

Edna was determined to become as independent in her life as possible and took advantage of our Accredited Qualifications courses in personal budgets, healthy eating, laundry and travelling independently. Edna now confidently travels alone on buses around London – something she didn’t feel comfortable to do before.

She recently moved into her own “supported accommodation” away from home and loves the freedom this has given her.  Meeting new people and being able to look after herself is very liberating and of course there is the added bonus of being able to watch whatever she wants on television!

On a personal note Edna has made lots of good friends at Action For Kids and recently went on a camping trip organised by the charity which you can read all about here.

Edna is now working with our in-house Transition Officer who is helping her to apply for further work experience and paid employment. We will keep you posted on how she gets on!