Welcome to the Everybody Matters blog from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation
Everybody Matters is our latest film project. It stars Colleen and Shaun, both of whom have learning disabilities and have been described as displaying challenging behaviour. This has meant that in the past both Shaun and Colleen have experienced poor support and had restricted, unhappy and sometimes unsafe lives. Their stories show that everyone can be supported to live a full and active life in their community.
Now, everything has changed. Colleen loves her home and has a great relationship with her team of support workers. Every week, she goes horse-riding, works in her local charity shop and loves being part of her drama group.
Our sister Colleen is fun, mischievous, cheeky and full of laughter and sunshine – Felicity and Fiona, Colleen’s sisters.
As a teenager Shaun’s life began to contract as the opportunities that were open to him as a child started to exclude him. As an adult he had little choice over his daily life, increasing the severity of his behaviour and leading to more and more restrictions.
Now Shaun has the right support and is involved in decisions about his life. He lives with friends and plans his week around the activities he loves – playing snooker, badminton and going to the pub.
What strikes most people when they first meet Shaun is his sense of humour. His personality comes across to everybody. – Sue, Shaun’s mum.
Everybody Matters will be released on DVD in early 2014 and will be available free to family carers who have a relative with a learning disability. For all the latest news or to pre-order your DVD, sign up to our mailing list.
Everybody Matters is a co-production with Frameworks for Change and has been produced with support from MacIntyre, Getta Life, United Response, Dimensions and Milestones Trust.