Statement from Riven Vincent and her six year-old daughter Celyn


Yesterday, as has been reported, I called my social worker to tell her I wanted to start looking for a full-time residential care home for my six-year-old daughter, Celyn, who has severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy. I’d just received a letter from social services saying they was no chance of any more than the six hours respite care we receive currently.

I never imagined I would get to this point and it’s the last thing we want for her but we just can’t see any other option. Caring for my daughter is relentless. She needs someone 24 hours a day

Statement from Riven Vincent and her six year-old daughter Celyn – Telegraph


2 Responses to “Statement from Riven Vincent and her six year-old daughter Celyn”

  1. Alan Wheatley, Green Party Spokesperson on Social Security and Care Services Says:

    The fact that Community Care magazine online has a news story now, Cameron writes to mother of disabled child who can’t cope serves to illustrate the power of the Internet as a campaigning tool to help many disadvantaged people get noticed.

    Perhaps this helps to indicate that such telecommunications access funding should be incorporated into the benefits system?

    And that we should maintain the independence of the Internet from State control? (Regulation could be an underhanded way for governments to ‘bury bad news’.)

  2. Ned Ludd carer Says:

    We have a similar child and went through similar experiences. It wasn’t right then and it isn’t right now. It’s getting worse with the cuts. She must be given more support (not just sympathy) and so must the other invisible people with disabilities/carers. I used to be bitter, these days I’m angry. Shout about this – don’t forget it when the papers have.

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