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Pride of Guernsey: Adult Learning Disability Service

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A TEAM of three in the Adult Learning Disability Service at St Martin’s Community Centre has been nominated for the Ravenscroft-sponsored Angel of the Year award. Kay Shackleton, Trish Shedwick and Julian Morris have been nominated by Emily Nuttall.

Kay Shackleton, from Adult Learning Disability Service. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28579939)

Of Kay, Emily said: ‘Kay became my new care coordinator and social worker in 2018 after I was referred to the service after another inpatient admission for my anorexia and physical disabilities and mental health and autism in 2017. Kay has always believed in me as a person and has helped me to see hope in some extremely dark times in my life.

‘Kay has never given up on me and continues to be there for me no matter what, and has helped me grow in strength and confidence and manage my anorexia recovery and autism life challenges as positively as I can, and for that I’m so grateful.’

Belief and support are key reasons for Emily’s nomination, and of Trish she said: ‘Trish will always show me a smiling face and reassure me through the really hard times. Like Kay, Trish continues to believe in me and always be there through my continued journey of recovery.’

Julian became Emily’s new clinical psychologist last year and works closely and effectively with her doctors and the rest of her eating disorder team. ‘Being there as my psychologist and listening and helping me to understand my anorexia and feelings and how to better manage my autism and find a way forwards in recovery gives me hope that I can break free of my anorexia and see the light at the end of the tunnel,’ she said.

Amanda Eulenkamp

By Amanda Eulenkamp
Features writer

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