Ed Cook and Mark Taylor, support workers for YLCS, supported Jonathon Sprintall to attend a large outdoor music festival at Herrington Country Park.
Due to Jonathon’s complex needs, he finds the end of activities very difficult to cope with, but through Ed and Mark’s patience and support, they were able to take Jonathon to music events.
Ed and Mark started to take Jonathon to live music in local pubs, before gradually progressing onto bigger events, where he attended the ‘Let’s Rock the Northeast’ music festival, in Sunderland.
It was the biggest festival Jonathon has ever been to, with over 15,000 people in the crowd, but that didn’t stop him from having a great time dancing and singing along to some 80s music.
The crowd were brilliant, and members of the public were soon coming over to say hello and the staff received several lovely comments from different people about the support they were giving to Jonathon.
One lady, who had been a senior NHS manager for 28 years, told Ed and Mark that she would like for them to look after her as she was so impressed with the way they interracted and engaged with Jonathon for the whole seven-hour festival.
Ed and Mark have worked with Johnathon for 8½ years, since he moved to adult services, and are immensely proud of what the team has achieved in helping our service user develop and grow.