One of our clients Nicola Pates has sent us a letter she’d like us to share in the hope of encouraging others:

I live in Southend-on-Sea. I have cerebral palsy and have always used a wheelchair. My hands were always tight and I couldn’t use them at all. I decided to go to my local college to try learning pottery with the hope that it would help my hands.

Not only has it made a big difference to my hands (I can do jigsaw puzzles without help now), but I really enjoy being creative and making friends at the college. It has been quite challenging as I sometimes get anxious in busy and noisy places.

Although at times I feel nervous about going to college, once I am doing my pottery I get involved and it takes my mind off things and I can relax. My carers give me some physical support in the pottery class and when I struggle with anxiety they offer emotional support.

Eight years later, I have made many pottery items and even sold some, especially my lady figurines. I am always looking in magazines for ideas and inspiration.

I feel that if you want to try something and you feel anxious, just give it a go!


It’s always great when our clients let us know about their achievements. Our carers are there to help them reach their goals by living as independently as possible.

If you’d like to make a difference in the lives of others and think you have what it takes we want to welcome you into the team and give you the training, skills and support to make your career in care a happy one that you can be proud of.