The programme was presented by Rosa Monckton, wife of Dominic Lawson. She did a superb job interviewing families who were 'resource poor' in looking after their children. What was particularly moving was a set of elder parents frightened at maybe not being around in their child's later years.
Rosa Monckton felt particular empathy as their daughter suffers from Down's Syndrome. What impressed the Dame was the impact charities such as chickenshed can have in exploiting the latent talents that ALL young people have. The excitement Domenica, the Lawson's daughter, expressed learning she had been accepted by chickenshed was a joy to watch.
|Domenica going to chickenshed|
Most of the time the answer will be no.
These are the questions that our councillors need set themselves when being bullied into 'folies des grandeur' by Sir Merrick Cockell and Daniel Moylan.
Much of Monckton's programme focused on the lack of financial resources. It is the correct allocation of those resources that is the mark of a properly functioning and civilised society.
Just now someone has made a valuable comment. The Dame stupidly overlooked our own Full of Life: It does a terrific job.
Rosa Monckton did a wonderful job last night of reminding society that it will be judged by how it treats its vulnerable. Chickenshed do a great job raising young peoples expectations of themselves.
But it is when disabled children become adults societies attitudes towards them changes.
They are more vulnerable as adults than when they were children, parents end up being too frightened to die, because the system which is meant to support them works for itself. This is the shameful reflection we must look at.
Kensington and Chelsea has Full of Life which raises families expectations, lobbies for change and provides expert care to some of THE most vulnerable of our residents and in turn their parents.
To see their staff at work is an extraordinary thing and their summer shows even more so. Its time this Borough celebrated the work that local organisations such as this do on their behalf.
But local papers say their building is at risk? Its time someone rallied round this organisation to actually help them.