This page links to the 23 interviews we conducted for this project.
Please click on a photograph of an interviewee to listen to the interview.
“If not for KCIL I wouldn’t have got anywhere, I wouldn’t have known what to do. People treat you veryRead more.
“In our minds we set independent living up thinking this would not be a pilot for very long, that itRead more.
“I’ve been fortunate to meet a lot of inspiring people that have had to deal with a lot more so,Read more.
“I would go out and meet people because I wanted them to come to Eye Contact. I didn’t want themRead more.
“Well it’s difficult isn’t it because you don’t know you’re visually impaired until you compare with other people what theyRead more.
“Wes was always known as Wes, and a lot of people say they forgot about the wheelchair because Wes didn’tRead more.
“I got involved in the disability movement, not because I wanted to or because I felt it was all IRead more.
“The only way we’re going to move forward is by making sure we respect and listen to our colleagues, butRead more.
“I suppose it’s just listening that’s the most important thing. Sometimes we haven’t got an answer for something but justRead more.
“Trying to make a difference in the Borough. I’ve never been frightened of talking to whoever it may be andRead more.
“It was such a good thing to do, and it was the right thing to do. I think a lotRead more.
“Well I was terrified because I’d never done anything like that before, and thinking of employing people, oh it wasRead more.
“It doesn’t come as second nature to people to consider people with impairments. In some cases you do have toRead more.
“Independence really means supporting you to live the way you want, rather than the way some medical minded people mightRead more.
“We had a meeting to discuss how the service could be more flexible, because finishing at 10pm, people didn’t wantRead more.
“When I got there…I mean it had a real pastoral role, and I’m glad to say it…still continues to thisRead more.
“With Andrew, he and I have a terrific understanding between us. He has a very clever way of putting wordsRead more.
“To have the kind of boundless energy to take those kind of disappointments and setbacks and still keep fighting…seeing moreRead more.
“Without it, I don’t know what I would have done. It’s been a godsend, it really has. When you’re anRead more.
“Rachel needs to be stimulated and be active, to feel cared for. And the only way you can achieve thatRead more.
“We needed to ensure a degree of equality between those who wished to join the scheme, and other service users.Read more.
“I knew as soon as I met them, they were women who made it happen. They had a clear visionRead more.