‘FRIENDS GAVE ME NEW LEASE OF LIFE’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

ROBYN Free­man has over­come a life­time of chal­lenges. Both her par­ents died when she was young, so Robyn grew up liv­ing with a num­ber of fos­ter fam­i­lies.

She also had the ex­tra chal­lenge of hav­ing a learn­ing dis­abil­ity.

Robyn has been a Lang­don mem­ber since 2008 and with the char­ity’s sup­port has learnt im­por­tant life skills such as trav­el­ling in­de­pen­dently, cook­ing and clean­ing for her­self and se­cur­ing em­ploy­ment.

She lives in­de­pen­dently in one of Lang­don’s sup­ported liv­ing flats and vol­un­teers with the el­derly at a day cen­tre.

With a close cir­cle of friends Robyn takes part in Lang­donor­gan­ised cof­fee evenings, pub nights and Shab­bat meals.

She ex­plains: “I used to have one phone num­ber in my con­tacts. My friend got an­gry with me for call­ing her all the time so stopped an­swer­ing my calls. Since be­ing part of Lang­don I now have loads of num­bers in my phone so I al­ways have a friend to say hello to af­ter a busy day.”

Robyn’s lat­est achieve­ment is cel­e­brat­ing her bat­mitz­vah as she never had one when she was younger.

“Now I feel like I am in the best place to do this,” she ex­plains. “I want to show other peo­ple that they can do any­thing they set their minds to, and I am re­ally ex­cited.”

Robyn Free­man catches up with new friends

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