‘I don’t want to miss a thing’

October 29, 2018

Stories of regenerating lives from people supported by The Thistle Foundation in Renfrew


Between December 2000 and June 2001, 14 people began new lives – a regeneration process of discovery and rediscovery. They moved from institutional care for people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities to their own brand-new homes in two ordinary neighbourhoods in Renfrew, Scotland. They had spent between 10 and 65 years in different institutional environments – an average of 28 years each – and a combined total of 339 years in care. All, in unique ways, needed and need support to live full and included lives, to participate in and contribute to their community and to achieve their potential.

This book draws together 11 personal stories, giving a voice to the individuals, and those who care about them, to tell their account of life now and life before they moved. These are astonishing tales of resilience, hope and ambition.


Compiled and edited by Julia Fitzpatrick, with Jaynie Mitchell.

Price: £5.00 inc P&P (size A4)


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