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Winter Warmers - 7th December

Brendan and Jim bond over their love of motors

For today’s Winter Warmer we’re sharing one of the special bonds in our homes between a resident with learning difficulties and the home’s maintenance man. Their bond grew over their mutual interest in motors.

Brendan lives at Meadowbank care home in Londonderry, which has a community for learning disabilities. One day the home’s team discovered that Brendan enjoys motors, so they decided to implement it into his care plan to support his independence and give him ownership of a role.

Brendan accompanies maintenance man Jim when he completes his safety checks on the home’s mini-bus twice a week, helping to check the, oil, water levels, tyres, extinguishers and tail lift.

Jim says: “Brendan was really keen to help me with the mini-bus and it’s a great way to get him interacting and involved in something he enjoys. The little things make a big difference and it means a lot to see him happy and watch his independence grow.”



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