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Anna Calderwood
Anna Calderwood remembers when life was very different for people who have learning disabilities.

Anna spent most of her life in Broadfield Hospital – an unhappy period during which she didn’t speak.

Life has changed dramatically for Anna. She now gives regular presentations about her life; has attended Reid Kerr College and lives in her own flat in Erskine.

ENABLE Scotland helped Anna find employment through its Supported Employment Service in Paisley.  She started work in the Java Junction Cafe in B&Q in September 1999. Thoroughly enjoying the world of work, she plucked up the courage to travel independently on public transport, taking three buses to and from work until she retired in 2010.

Anna has also given talks at day centres about her job. While attending Reid Kerr College, she acquired valuable life skills and was presented with several certificates to mark her achievements.  

Anna has also been involved with staff training with ENABLE Scotland – which gives her a great sense of pride. She has also spoken at the Scottish Parliament and in 1999 she helped form self advocacy group Hear Here.  

Anna thrives on living in her own flat and has many friends whom she has met through ENABLE Scotland.  She is involved in many various activities and attends a club night at the Renfrew branch of ENABLE Scotland on a Thursday.  Anna also loves to sing favourite hymns including ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’ and ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’.

In 2000, Anna became curious about her family. But because she had resided in Broadfield Hospital from such a young age, little was known about her relatives.

Diligent staff managed to track down some members of her family, allowing Anna to finally meet her brother, Jim.  A treasured photograph of her with Jim appears in a book that was published about her life.

Sadly Jim has now passed away, but Anna is comforted that she had the opportunity to meet him.

Anna’s life could not be more different since the dark times at Broadfield Hospital.  She thoroughly enjoys her new life and keeps her support workers on their toes by making sure they are organised.  She recently went on holiday on a Mediterranean cruise and is still an active member of the Hear Here group.

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