My name is Evelyn, and I am an Equality Housing tenant. I live in my own home in North Finchley with my canary Charlie!
I have worked in Waitrose for 33 years, and I am retiring in July when I turn 65. I have been supported by Barnet Mencap since the 12th of February 1987. I have seen lots of change over the years and have interviewed lots of staff including Sam (Bishop) the COPs Manager and Community Link Workers Laura and Tracey. I think I am really good at picking new staff and enjoy being a part of interviews.
Barnet Mencap has been very good to me. Barnet Mencap supports me by looking after my money and my home. The staff help me to make the right decisions and manage my letters. I am very happy at Barnet Mencap and don’t want my support to change.
When I retire, I would like to see more staff. I am also a member of COPs (Community Opportunities Project). My favorite activities are pub nights, Sunday lunch and Nosh Night.
I work at a charity shop as a volunteer. I enjoy tidying up the clothes and other donations and steaming the clothes ready to sell. I am working on the tills as I get to talk to lots of people that live near me in my community.
I also attend St Joseph’s on Mondays and Tuesdays, where I do cooking and dancing. I enjoy going and getting on with everyone.
I enjoy going out to the theatre and I have 1:1 support to do this. My favorite show is Mamma Mia. I also enjoyed the Mamma Mia House Party at the O2. I have a few more exciting trips coming up including Grease and Pretty Woman.
I also love going on holiday. Last year, me and my friend Janette went on holiday to Disneyworld in Florida and swam with the dolphins! This year, me and Chris are going on holiday to Malta, I am very excited about this and have already started my shopping!