17th May 2020 – Joseph Port’s First Blog
A lot of things make me happy in life. I’m a big Leeds United fan. My family mean the world to me. I’m crazy about videogames and I love watching YouTube Bloggers. I have learning difficulties but I have never let them hold me back and I live life to the fullest.
But over the last couple of months, it has been a little harder to find reasons to smile. Unfortunately, because of my health, I have been shielded to protect me from COVID-19. This meant that I could no longer continue working at Living Potential Care Farm, an amazing place where people with disabilities can connect with nature.
My work there was always varied and I learned something new every day.
I loved feeding the animals, boxing up eggs to sell at the shop, and picking apples to make apple juice.
My job on the farm gave me structure, and made me feel that I was making a contribution to society. I made many wonderful friends there, and the job also helped me to keep fit!
I know that many people are struggling with being forced to stay home.
While I have found it wonderful (okay, occasionally annoying too!) to have so much time with the family, I don’t like feeling aimless.
So I have come up with an idea that will both help to give me direction, and benefit Living Potential, an organisation that has done so much for those of us with disabilities. I’m launching a new venture, creating and selling a range of high quality branded Living Potential t-shirts.
This will be a joint venture and I will receive £5 for every t-shirt sold. The rest of the money will go to Living Potential, helping to support existing projects and create more activities – demand for its services is growing rapidly at this time.
I believe that it is so important for those of us with learning disabilities to be able to make our own living. Selling is one of my strengths because I am a good communicator and I love meeting people.
I want to be independent and keep learning and honing my business skills. This is really important to my sense of self worth.
I’m so happy to be able to create a new business with a purpose, which raises awareness of the farm and proves that people with learning disabilities have drive and ambition.
I hope you’ll consider buying a t-shirt – they are available here.
Thanks for reading.