A NEW book charts the local success stories of students of Linkage Community Trust, the Lincolnshire charity providing opportunities for learning disabled people.
Students held a signing session at Wrights of Louth last week to mark the launch of Our Voices, Our Choices.
The book’s cover girl is Suzanne Cawley of Mablethorpe, the 28-year-old’s story tells of her independence and the journey that Linkage have taken her on.
Also featured is Kyle Taylor of South Reston, a supremely talented artist and tattoist. He didn’t even speak until he was six, but now his designs do all the talking.
“I was bullied at school because of my autism, but Linkage has helped me through it, given me confidence and I was even able to help some of the other students in my year,” he said.
“I gained work experience in a tattoo parlour and it’s what I want to do in life.”
And Neil McPhee of Louth has clocked up 20 years with Linkage, from starting out at its college to being employed as the student representative, and who will be welcoming new learners this September to the campuses at Grimsby and Toynton near Spilsby.
He says: “I’m having the time of my life, with a great job and my own flat in Louth. I am delighted at the book and I hope I can inspire people.”
The book’s author Linda Alexander described the 31 people featured as ‘all gold medalists’.
“We wanted to tell the world about our achievers and that’s why the book has been published,” she said.
The 65-page A4 publication is available online at www.linkage.org.uk with exclusive signed copies available from Wrights in Eastgate. A suggested donation of £5 will secure your copy.