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Local Life - Wigan - March 2018

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22 Debra to help others

22 Debra to help others A Winstanley resident is setting up a peer support group for the disabled people of Wigan. Debra Baxter, 52, has lived with cerebral palsy all her life. The peer support group, which will meet at Debra’s home, is aimed at sharing knowledge with disabled people, their carers and anyone who is struggling. She said: “It’s a life-long condition that has got worse with age. But I’ve had a real life out there; quite an extraordinary life. I just want to spread my knowledge and help people out. “Our remit is wide as we find that people that struggle the most don’t fit other organizations criteria and can’t get the help and support they need. That’s where we step in. We have someone on the team who understands mental health issues, and we have knowledge of other organisations too. “All of us are volunteers and do this because we want others to have the same opportunities we have. If someone has a meeting with social services, they don’t have to be on their own. “It’s all about living the life we want to live. A lot of people want to live independently but don’t know how, and that’s where I want to help. “We don’t have any premises, but everyone is welcome in my home for a chat and a cuppa.” If interested, please contact Debra on 01942 735962; 07834 597302; or email baxterdebra65@ gmail.com

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