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60 Stories - Sandra Hooper

Sandra Hooper

Sandra Hooper likes to try to change things for the better - not just for her own benefit, but for others too.  When Sandra and some fellow ENABLE Scotland members faced problems with public transport in their local area, Sandra was spurred into action.
 
“A group of us wanted to see the setting up of a transport group because we were experiencing problems getting around on public transport,” said Sandra.
 
So, End Discrimination in Travel East Renfrewshire (EDiTER), was born.  The group tackles problems such as bus drivers’ attitudes and understanding changes to timetables, and helps some of the younger members apply for their Young Scot cards. 
 
Formed six years ago, Sandra helped secure the funding for EDIiTER.
 
“As chairperson of the group, I went down to London and spoke to the Shelia McKechnie Foundation to get our group some funding.
 
“I got half the funding we needed so it was better than nothing, and was gratefully received” said Sandra. 
 
EDIiER meets at the end of every month and has around eight members although Sandra says they are always on the look-out for new recruits.  As well as being instrumental in the formation of EDiTER, Sandra also helped to organise a badminton group in her local area.  
 
Six years ago, Sandra notched up another achievement as one of ENABLE Scotland’s first service users to move into her own home.
 
“I was staying with my mum and dad but I just reached the stage where I wanted my own independence. But I wanted to live in an area near my parents so we could visit each other,” she said
 
“The first couple of nights felt really weird but I just lay in my bed and listened to the radio and I was perfectly fine.  I absolutely love having my own flat. ”
 
Sandra has a learning disability and is also visually impaired but she doesn’t let that stop her from leading an active and busy life.
 
Five days a week, she attends her local resource centre where she undertakes lots of different activities such as DIY, boxercise and photography.  She is also on the committee and attends a meeting every Monday.
 
Sandra attends Cardonald College where in the past she has completed courses in childcare and most recently received her food hygiene certificate.
 
As if that wasn’t enough, Sandra somehow manages to find time to hold down a part time job at a children’s play centre although recently her hours have been reduced due to cutbacks. So, Sandra would like to find a new catering job where she can use some of the skills she picked up at college.
 
Sandra is supported by ENABLE Scotland and loves to get out and about with her support workers especially now they have access to a car.
 
When she has spare time she likes to go shopping and to the cinema – but most of all, she looks forward to her holidays.
 
“I enjoy going on my ENABLE holidays.  Every year I go and see the illuminations in Blackpool.  I love going on bus tours as well to York or London.”
 
One of her bus tours to the capital, however, didn’t go quite as planned.
 
“Would you believe it – I went all the way down to see ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and 20 minutes into the show they had technical problems and the curtain came down,” explained Samdra, who last year took part in a charity collection for an East Renfrewshire food bank.
 
All was not lost.  Sandra got to see the rest of the show when it went on tour, stopping off at the iconic Kings Theatre in Glasgow.  
 
Outgoing and motivated, Sandra on occasion battles with bouts of depression. Her support workers greatly admire her ability to find a way through.

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