▶︎ Beyond Words – www.booksbeyondwords.co.uk –
There’s a hidden national scandal in the way mainstream society treats children and adults with learning and intellectual disabilities (LD) including autism or Down Syndrome.
One million, or 2% of people live with a learning disability. Impacting hundreds of thousands of families. People with LD are five times more likely to die in a hospital or end up in prison. They feel lonely, and isolated and are dependent on others.
The wonderful Team at Beyond Words are quietly revolutionising the lives of people with Learning Disabilities.
Beyond Words’ mission is to empower people to understand and express their thoughts and feelings through the universal language of pictures. Our word-free picture books and community book clubs bring storytelling to people with learning disabilities, autism or who find written words difficult.
Stories aid our understanding of the world. Our picture books and resources cover everything from ordinary, everyday events to challenging subjects like death and domestic abuse. They make complex topics easier to understand, help to support conversations and enable readers to make their own informed decisions.
▶︎ Beyond Words Big Paddle Challenge 2022 – I lead a team of thirty-five people paddling the equivalent of circumnavigating the globe in 2022!
Find out about our big why and our progress at www.bigpaddlechallenge.co.uk.
Six months in and we’ve paddled nearly fifteen thousand miles and raised thousands of pounds.
We’re just ordinary people trying to do an extraordinary thing for children and adults who struggle to navigate an increasingly hostile world. If you’d like to help us “Make our miles make the difference” please donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/beyond-words-big-paddle-2022.
▶︎ My Writing
Everyone has one book in them and mine is called “Demons to Champions”.
I could write a typical personal development, finger-wagging, “I’m the expert”, kind of book, and bore you rigid. I promise it’s NOT!
I’m writing a no holds barred novel; a thriller. Will the protagonist survive the attacks of their internal demons whilst trying to forge a meaningful and rewarding life? Who are the villains? What events influence their life?
We all have our demons and managing them might just change your life.
Release Date – Late 2022 or early 2023 release.