To kick off Brandon Trust’s 20th anniversary celebrations, the stories of 20 people we support have been brought to life in an exciting photographic exhibition aptly named '20'.
The exhibition showcases how the lives of those featured have been transformed over the past two decades. This exhibition is a celebration of this positive and freeing change.
Much has changed since 1994, gone are the institutions, the long-stay hospitals, the restrictions and control. In place, we see more and more people with disabilities becoming free to live the lives they want, not the lives 'we' think they want.
The exhibition was successfully launched in our city of birth, Bristol, to resounding positive feedback. Following this, the exhibition was showcased in Newquay, then Stroud Subscription Rooms in Gloucestershire in January 2015, Truro Cathedral, Cornwall in May 2015 and gallery@oxo, London in July 2015. The ambition is to take the exhibition across all areas Brandon Trust operate in.
Here's a taster of the exhibition, with three images taken from the collection and their amazing stories.
Susan Grant, 62, Thornbury
At just two-years-old, Bristolian Susan, who has cerebral palsy, was placed in Stoke Park long-stay hospital where she remained institutionalised for nearly 42 years. Find out how Susan’s life has been transformed.
Derek Christopher, 64, Penzance
Derek has cerebral palsy, uses an electric wheelchair, does not verbally communicate and receives 24-hour support in his home. However, recently his life and his ability to communicate has been transformed. Find out how Derek's life improved.
Joe Jones, 52, London
Joe is supported by Brandon Trust in London. A year ago, drawing on his own experiences of being bullied on a bus, he gave an emotive and powerful speech to a room full of MPs, delegates and transport chiefs at the House of Commons. Read Joe's full story.