Since I got my own place I have been trying lots of new things with my support workers.
My name is Jamie. I am 26 years old and have learning difficulties but that doesn’t bother me because I am happy. I used to live in a place called Mayo House but now I have my own house. Since I got my own place I have been trying lots of new things with my support workers. I have been to college, held on tight in fast racing cars and even met The Stig.
The latest thing I tried was rock climbing. One of the places I go to is an activity centre. One day they were going to do a sponsored rock climb to raise some money, so I said, “I’ll try!” I went with one of my staff to have a look at the climbing place. We went upstairs and watching people going up and down the ropes and it looked like fun, so I said I would do it. I wasn’t nervous at all.
On the day of the climb, I looked up at the wall. From down here it suddenly looked quite tall and, I must admit, I was a little bit nervous. It was Jason working with me that day and when his rope had been tied on he stepped up onto the wall. That’s when I knew I could do it too. “Oi, wait for me!” I said. Before I knew it, there I was climbing up – one metre, two metres…it was fantastic and so exciting! Even on my first go I made it halfway up.
Everyone had a go at the climbing and it was a really great day. At the end of the afternoon the climbing instructor asked if anyone wanted another go and I climbed all the way to the top. I climbed it two more times after that. Jason was worn out, even though he didn’t climb as much as me because I went up on my own so he could take the photos. It was such a great day and I would definitely do it again.