Isaac's Story

"I’m 20 years old now and I’ve been part of Barnardo’s since primary school. I have a physical disability and Barnardo’s has helped me gain more independence by getting me away from home and involving me in all sorts of adventures and activities.

What people don’t realise is that even though I may not be able to walk, jog, or sprint I am able to get around in my chair, and it gives me a chance to have equality with others.
At home I love playing computer games because it gives me such a variety of different experiences. I play these games to feel equal.

If everyone else plays them, why can’t I? People may see me and think that I wouldn’t be able to do certain things, but I’ve been able to prove them wrong.
We all have a barrier. If we remove it, anything is possible."

 

Support

Barnardo’s runs services across the UK to support disadvantaged families. We help parents, carers and families in the community as well as providing advice and support for children. For example we help young carers and their families find the support they are entitled to and we provide advice and emotional support.

Find out more about how we support disadvantaged families

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Emergency numbers

If you think that a child is in immediate danger please dial 999. Alternatively please contact your local authority social care department, or the NSPCC 24 hour child protection helpline listed below.

If you are a child who needs help, please call Childline on 0800 11 11.

Alternatively, please call 0808 800 5000 to discuss your concerns with the NSPCC 24 Hour Child Protection Helpline.

If you are concerned about a Barnardo's member of staff, volunteer or carer please call the relevant national or regional office and speak to a Barnardo's senior manager or children's services representative.