Your Voice Wall

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This has been a challenging time for each of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
We wanted to mark this period in our history. 

The Your Voice Wall has been created to celebrate people’s talents and achievements and to give people with learning disabilities and/or Autism the chance to showcase their creativity.

Enjoy and thank you to all our members for making this happen.

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Walking The Pavement

By Kate Green from Reading

Walking The Pavement

You walk all over me
You talk all over me
You scream all over me
Yet I never speak up
You even manage to talk down to me
You even manage to find time to litter me
You must pay a fine or else you will feel bitter

You share many secrets with me
You may fall down on me
You put many things on me
You may even run over me
You may stamp your foot on me
You may think I feel pain but I don’t

There is a lot of life that a pavement sees
I'm getting old on various streets
I have lines to show
There red in London
There yellow everywhere else

I'm due to be resurfaced soon but the lines will definitely come back plus cracks
Again I will show my age
Except I can’t speak up to indicate my rage

BUT yet you will all the above all over again

Kate Green Reading

My Hero

My hero, my hero

Chocolate is my hero

Crunchie, twirl and fudge

To save me, to save me

From all my struggles...

By Sue from Reading

My Hero

My Hero

My hero, my hero

Chocolate is my hero

Crunchie, twirl and fudge

To save me, to save me

From all my struggles daily

And help me get out of my grudge…

Éclair, eclair

Why aren’t you there?

When hunger grips me in a tizzy

Crème egg twister

Not for my sister!

Come to me now, I despair

Smooth and silky

Sweet and creamy

The taste I enjoy and like

Plain chocolate, milk chocolate

Anyway up, even a milky bar white

When things are troubled

I love to muddle and sort through the wrappers of joy

Heroes, heroes, chocolate coated heroes

Chocolate is there to enjoy

Chocolate coated Sue

Sue Reading

Talkback has been brilliant so far and look forward to more great things next year.

Looking forward to our zoom meetings, they have really helped my confidence.

By Nicola from Reading

Talkback has been brilliant

Talkback has been brilliant so far and look forward to more great things next year.

Looking forward to our zoom meetings, they have really helped my confidence.

Nicola Reading

By Nicola from Reading

House Nicola Reading

But Why The Questions?

By Kate Green from Reading

But Why The Questions?

The world as we know it is a terribly big place
Yet we ALL suffer from Disability Hatecrime which is an utter disgrace
We as a group always have choice and that is to shout at people to hear our voice
Do they understand?
Do they care?
No they don’t
But we despair
Life continues so does hatecrime
Are any of our attackers DOING TIME?
Questions get asked
Answers not told
Will we find out when were too old
Too old to Defend
But not to old to care
But people still watch and stand and stare
We beg for help but no one cares

We all have rights but let’s not be defeated
Let’s catch them out
And let’s not feel cheated
We live in the same society
So lets make Disability Hatecrime
OUR MAIN PRIORITY

Kate Green Reading

Heaven's Gate, Newbury

By Nicola from Reading

Heaven's Gate, Newbury

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Nicola Reading

The Big H

By Kate Green from Reading

The Big H

The Big H sits proudly on the rooftop of Kings
The doctor’s teams are waiting as the red phone rings
The Helicopter brings life or death
All the doctors can do is hold there breath

The Helicopter team unload there hold
as the team of doctors
Hear their brief
There is no time to play with grief

Action’s must be taken
for the incident to come by air
It has clearly left everyone feeling very shaken

Doctors & Nurses At fast pace they come
For they all know their patient is number one

Monitor’s bleeping & people weeping
For it’s the family of the sick
The medical teams are working round the clock
They haven’t got time to hear the clock go
Tick Tock TICK

For It’s the Big H that’s done it & possibly saved a life
For that it could be your Father, daughter, son or wife
For The Big H has a name
Its known as Kings Helipad

The Big H wasn’t there for me back in 2010
I ended up having an emergency liver transplant
As my liver had gone bad
The hospital had to work quickly or else it would have been sad

But ‘HEY GUYS’ Im still here to tell the tale & Its all the hard work at Kings that they
saved me & didn’t fail

So the next time you look up
And you see the helicopter fly
Just think & shed a tear
For its the big H thats going to perform

As It has no fear

Kate Green Reading

A new day a new start

By Kate Green from Reading

A new day a new start

I'm ready to face the world and combat hate crime
Amongst those with disabilities
For I always make the time.

This time is important for one and all no job to
report to big or to small.

Hate crime will not be permitted in our world and all
the hatred will be omitted once and for all

If you commit this awful sin
DONT YOU DARE THINK YOUR GONNA WIN

Life is for living and not for hate crime but most people do it as a job in there spare time.

They have nothing else to do apart from hate crime but little do they know they will end up doing time.
The time they do inside is not be proud about as we with disabilities don't hide.

We fight for recognition these days as we have to but speaking up about it is a long term condition.

A condition that will be around forever but if everybody understood we could work together.

Kate Green Reading

Lightning

By Yvette from Reading

Lightning Yvette Reading

Zoom in every possible way

By Jeremy and Yvette from Reading

Zoom in every possible way

Because Jeremy has no laptop, mobile phone or access to the internet, he missed out on meetings on Zoom.

Yvette met with him outside his home so he could join Zoom this week.

By using a mobile hotspot we were able to use the Talkback laptop and connect.

Jeremy really enjoyed seeing and catching with the other members.

Yes, it was cold but at least it stayed dry 😊

Jeremy and Yvette Reading

Reading Zoom Meetings

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Reading Zoom Meetings

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By building up my confidence I have been able to get employment

By Nicola from Reading

Nicola's quote

By building up my confidence I have been able to get employment

Nicola Reading

The challenges we do push us to do more

By Nicola from Reading

Nicola's quote 2

The challenges we do push us to do more

Nicola Reading

Road to a safer future

By Yvette from Reading

Road to a safer future Yvette Reading

Ben's Vespa

By Ben from Reading

Ben's Vespa Ben Reading

My plant

By Sheena from Reading

My plant Sheena Reading

Reading's Weather the Storm ambassadors have their say

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Reading's Weather the Storm ambassadors have their say Reading

We have the chance to talk about our problems and share them with others

By Carol from Reading

Carol's quote

We have the chance to talk about our problems and share them with others

Carol Reading

Rosetta Life: a performance art group

By Jeremy and Yvette from Reading

Rosetta Life: a performance art group

We enjoyed the many rehearsals with the supporting professionals which resulted in a show on Valentine’s Day.

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Rosetta Life is looking for new members, anyone interested should email info@rosettalife.org or call 07930 239 005.

Jeremy and Yvette Reading

More from Weather the Storm - an opera collaboration between charity Rosetta Life and the Garsington Opera Adult Company

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More from Weather the Storm - an opera collaboration between charity Rosetta Life and the Garsington Opera Adult Company

Talkback members Jeremy, David, Ben with Yvette supporting were very proud to have been part of this amazing event. We all enjoyed the weekly rehearsals which have improved the members’ memory and confidence. Jeremy, David and Ben are looking forward to start rehearsing again in September.

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Sherborne Castle Dorset

By Nicola from Reading

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Hate Crime

By Kate Green from Reading

Hate Crime

These words are so painfully strong,
Why can't we all just get along
Every single day in the papers, Or on Tv,
Someone is dead; could have been you or me
The world has become such a violent place,
Now it's all no meaning, we are still all the same,
But many cowardly people play the hate crime game.
We all have abilities and disabilities and issues to raise,

We all do things in our own special ways

This terror needs to stop, this hatred needs to end,
Peace needs to be brought out, the world we shall mend.

Hate crimes are not good for the upcoming years,
The new year isn't for tears, but rather cheers,
The clock strikes midnight ending a year of fear
So now is the time to down your beer
We forget the bad times and remember the good
Do you know what’s happening in your neighbourhood
These crimes we see and hear, are not right,
Forget the dark and stand in the light,
It doesn't matter how old you are,
Make a note to change and do not leave a scar,
It does not take a dollar or coin,
So, don't make it hard, and just join,
Leave the hatred and racism behind
Start all over and be kind

Our Speech is free
So are our dreams
Until It’s to late and we hear the loud scream’s
Could we do anything to prevent it?
Do you think the people meant it?

If that person only had a mentor
They could report it to a 3rd Party Reporting Centre
If Only they knew before it was to Late
That they had been a victim of Hate
No crime isn’t to small to report
I know you can feel rather fraught
All the paperwork to be filled out
All I want to do is Shout

We are all the same on the inside
Except we don’t want to hide
Why should we hide because of Hate Crime
None of us have the Time

Still Life goes on around us all
No – one stop’s to think

HATECRIME IS ALL AROUND US
AND THAT’S WHAT I THINK STINK’S

Kate Green Reading

Staff and members online CAMEO

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Staff and members online CAMEO Reading

A Lockdown Interview

By David from Reading

A Lockdown Interview David Reading

Self portrait

By Ben from Reading

Self portrait Ben Reading

CAMEO has given me the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends

By Ben from Reading

Ben's quote

CAMEO has given me the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends

Ben Reading

By Ben from Reading

Lemon drizzle Ben Reading

Rosetta Life performance

By Jeremy and Yvette from Reading

Rosetta Life performance Jeremy and Yvette Reading

How has Covid 19 affected me?

By David from Reading

How has Covid 19 affected me?

My personal experiences affected covid 19.Is my everyday life by not going to New Directions or meeting people at Grange Memory Café on Wednesdays and Tilehurst Methodist church café on Fridays making cards.

I miss not seeing my sister but telephone family and friends. Not buying Easter Eggs also talking to people at the bus stop.

The good thing is I am reading more books. For the first time in lockdown I have learned to use Zoom. I can now do my Maths and English class with teachers from New Directions on line.

On Fridays I do zoom meeting with Talkback. I like to talk to my friends at Talkback which I look forward to every Friday.

David Reading

The Red Phone

By Kate Green from Reading

The Red Phone

Life’s busy behind the doors at Kings College A+E
The red phones rung and life just continues
The staff move the patients from trolleys to beds on the count of three

It's then that they start to clinically assess
All the wounds and bandage and dress
They get patched up some of them leave
However some of them don’t and the families grieve

However the staff are amazing both day and night
They take anything in there sight
Everyday’s a journey no one knows where it will go
There accident could be life threatening or just a broken toe

The red phone rings again another case is on its way
The staff don’t let anything get in their way
They do the life saving jobs day after day

Time passes quicker then you think
Some people’s lives are on the brink
Some people may come in and start to feel ill
Yet the doctors and nurses are always there to give them there pills

No thanks gets said but the job is done till the next one comes rushing along
Moment’s later more jolly people come in singing a song
All you can hear is sirens coming towards you
With flashing lights in the shade of blue

The doors get flung open people rushing everywhere
There’s simply no time to stand or stare
Machines go bleep
Doctors assessing patients peacefully asleep

It all happens over again
The red phone rings
This time the helicopter is on the pad
Doctors shout “there’s no time to be had”

Medical team’s shouting the patient’s obs
Everyone knows what’s within there job
Doors rush open
Nurses everywhere
There’s again no time to be had
No time to think or even be sad

Yet you can only do your best
And pray that they do the rest
Just give them time & space to recover
Not forgetting it could be someone’s mother or lover

Kate Green Reading

A good thing about CAMEO is its spreads cheer and laughter

By Nicola from Reading

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A good thing about CAMEO is its spreads cheer and laughter

Nicola Reading

Harmony's Big Decision

By Nicola from Reading

Harmony's Big Decision

Damien walked away with his head hung low. Without looking back at him Harmony gave a kick of her heels, and Tyson cantered towards the boundary line. This moment was painful for her, and as such, she cared little about whether she was seen returning, feeling only a sense of pain for the person she had left behind.

To support our member Nicola, her book ‘Harmony’s Big Decision’ can be bought through these links:

https://www.waterstones.com/book/harmonys-big-decision/nicola-martin/9781789552065

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Harmonys-Big-Decision-Nicola-Martin/dp/1789552079

Nicola Reading

Best Christmas card ever

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Best Christmas card ever Reading

Filming for Annual Health Check Awareness video

By Ben from Reading

Filming for Annual Health Check Awareness video

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Ben Reading

Books lift up my spirits

By David from Reading

Books lift up my spirits

Books lift up my spirits

David Reading

You are never alone if you are surrounded by books

By David from Reading

You are never alone if you are surrounded by books

You are never alone if you are surrounded by books

David Reading

Spot the Santa, Reading CAMEO

By Sue from Reading

Spot the Santa, Reading CAMEO Sue Reading

Knitting

By Nicola from Reading

Knitting Nicola Reading

My communication device

By Sheena from Reading

My communication device

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Sheena Reading

By Carol from Reading

Carol's picture Carol Reading

Why the Questions

By Kate Green from Reading

Why the Questions Kate Green Reading

Knitting

By Nicola from Reading

Knitting Nicola Reading

Keeping in touch with our members

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Keeping in touch with our members

During lockdown we were unable to meet with our members face to face.
We had to adapt quickly and find new ways to keep in touch with them.
We discovered and learned how to use Zoom and Teams and arranged online meetings.
Here is a photo of some of the Reading crew during a Teams meeting.
These meetings are enjoyed by all

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Weather the Storm - an opera collaboration between charity Rosetta Life and the Garsington Opera Adult Company

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Weather the Storm - an opera collaboration between charity Rosetta Life and the Garsington Opera Adult Company

Rosetta Life is a group of film makers, dancers, writers and musicians who initiate creative partnerships with people living with life-threatening illness, families, carers and friends, to address what most matters and share it with a wider audience.

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What Provoked You?

By Kate Green from Reading

What Provoked You?

How dare you target me for I’m no fool
Haven’t you better learn something & go back to school?

Education is important these days but people with disabilities learn in different ways

I never give in to bullies like you just because you don’t understand what I go through

I go through pain and that’s no fun for anyone 
I go through challenges and there all done

My challenge to you today is to realise and be wise
I don’t want to hear loud cries

Those cries of pain from your victims
Those guilty marks that are left by you

Do you feel the pain that I do?
It's not just about taking a pill or two
And hoping the pain will ease

Ask yourself are you pleased with what you have done?
Have you achieved anything?

Those guilty marks are still there
The pain will never go
You may be able to walk away but no-one need know

Kate Green Reading

Who are you to Judge I’m not in Court
For your action’s to Judge leave me rather fraught
I know you don’t...

By Kate Green from Reading

Who are you to Judge?

Who are you to Judge I’m not in Court
For your action’s to Judge leave me rather fraught
I know you don’t care but others do
That’s why I go round with my number two

For I am number one & don’t you dare forget
I heard you played your joker & lost your bet
You Judged me to soon before your time
In my world we call it Disability Hate Crime

The crime that you just done made a stink
Because you Judged me on how live my life, work & think

So please don’t Judge on how I hear or see
Please don’t Judge on how I walk & my dignity
Please don’t Judge me on my disability
Lets worktogether & understand just you & me

Hatecrime can be done day or night
Anywhere including out of sight
People that commit it take the mick
Frankly I find it rather sick

This hatecrime has to stop right here & now
We as individual’s are going to show you how

We’re not on a plinth
We’re not on a stand
For we all share this fine land

Every hour every day every minute
Someone commits this crime
They think they have got away with it
But now there doing time

Kate Green Reading

By David from Reading

Cycling has saved my life

"I would say cycling has saved my life, my soul and my mental health during the corona pandemic.”

When cycling I see people cycling along the road and they say hello to me and I say hello to them. I also speak to people walking and with their dogs.

The fresh air is now better with less cars and buses on our roads. By cutting down co2 carbon emissions making it better for the environment.

David Reading

Free tablets for our members

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Free tablets for our members

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By Nicola from Reading

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By Jeremy from Reading

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My Lockdown Thoughts

By Jeremy from Reading

My Lockdown Thoughts Jeremy Reading

Aidacara in Dorset

By Nicola from Reading

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Lockdown

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Lockdown Reading

I went for a ride on my bike,

I didn’t fancy a hike.

The wind in my hair,

Caused people to stare.

I was...

By Nicola from Reading

Bike Ride

I went for a ride on my bike,

I didn’t fancy a hike.

The wind in my hair,

Caused people to stare.

I was having so much fun.

Going downhill

Was such a thrill,

Going at such a pace,

I fell flat on my face,

Still, it was fun.

On I still rode,

Until I saw my abode,

Not wanting the ride to end,

I took the next bend,

I could spend all day on my bike.

Nicola Reading

Woods

By Yvette from Reading

Woods Yvette Reading

Christmas jumper

By Ben from Reading

Christmas jumper Ben Reading

This last year of lockdown has been very hard for Carol, who has a learning disability. Not being able to...

By Carol's sister from Reading

Carol's sister

This last year of lockdown has been very hard for Carol, who has a learning disability. Not being able to see her club member friends, she became depressed and anxious; trying to understand all the media coverage about the pandemic; feeling very vulnerable, lost and isolated. Talkback have been so supportive, and have contacted Carol with regular phone calls, sending activities through the post, and regular Zoom get togethers. This has led to chats to keep her motivated, and set challenges, which has kept Carol focused and positive, eventually realising there is light at the end of the lockdown tunnel.

Not having Talkback, would have been truly unbearable for Carol, and me, her sister.

Carol's sister Reading

Sherborne Old Castle Dorset

By Nicola from Reading

Sherborne Old Castle Dorset Nicola Reading

Together

Together Wordcloud

By Yvette from Reading

Together Yvette Reading

Day out Cycling to Windsor

One Sunday over thirty years ago I cycle 20 miles to Windsor with a friend....

By David G from Reading

Cycling to Windsor

Day out Cycling to Windsor

One Sunday over thirty years ago I cycle 20 miles to Windsor with a friend. We started at 8.30 am. After two hours cycling we stop for 30 mins in pub garden sat down and had a drink and some food we buy from shop nearby as the pub was closed it open at 12.00pm.

11pm we get back on our bikes.

We cycle along the country roads. We pass Windsor safari park which now is LEGOLAND.

It took us three and half hours to get there.

We got there at 1 pm.

Lock bike at Train station near Windsor castle.

We meet two friends at Windsor then had dinner.

We left Windsor at 4.00pm and stop after two hours of cycling to go in shop to buy food.

We got home at 7.30pm.

I had cycle 40 mile that day.

David G Reading

Carol on Zoom

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Carol on Zoom

Carol is one of the members who have been part of Talkback for many, many years.

She is always looking forward to coming to the weekly group sessions.

When we heard about the lockdown, we all had to adapt and started using Zoom online meetings to keep in touch. Carol was very disappointed that she could not join because she did not have a laptop or internet access.

Her family kindly bought her a laptop and arranged for Wi-fi to be installed at her house.

Carol now enjoys being part of the group again and looks forward to the weekly online meetings.

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Taking time out

By Yvette from Reading

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