After a long but uneventful train journey from Newport, I
arrived in Prestatyn just before 7pm on Tuesday 3 February 2015.
Thankfully, I had no problem finding a taxi to take me the short
distance to The Beaches Hotel where I would be spending the night.
I checked in, found my room, dumped my stuff and raced down to the
dining room to join the All Wales People First National Council for
my evening meal. I was a bit late but Yvonne had asked the staff to
keep my starter warm and I soon caught up! The food was lovely and
it was really nice to chat to some of the representatives from
People First groups across Wales including some I already knew
quite well like Joe
Powell, Lucy, Hannah and Darren as well as others I'd never met
before. After dinner we carried on our conversations in the bar
area but I was tired after a long day so didn't stay long as I
wanted to make sure I was ready for my presentation the next
It wasn't until I got up the next day and opened the curtains
that I made the pleasant discovery that my room had a seaview. It
was a beautiful cold, crisp, sunny day and I decided that instead
of getting a taxi back to the train station later on, I would walk
along the seafront and make the most of the sunshine.
I joined the others for a full cooked breakfast then went back
to my room to pack my bags and check out. I then spent some time
finalising my presentation on the work of LDAG, the Easy Read
Health Wales website and recent changes to the Cabinet within Welsh
Government. The presentation went well and I thoroughly enjoyed the
opportunity to talk to the National Council about the Learning
Disability Advisory Group, what it does, how people can get
involved and a bit about my role as Information Officer. It was
also really great to have the chance to congratulate the new Chair
and Vice Chair of the National Council - well done Lucy Hinksman
and Janice Partridge!