Today we are talking to one of LADPP's users to find out about his experience at the organisation and why the kind of help small charities provide is important to him.
Carlos Suquillo - LADPP client
Carlos, originally from Ecuador, spent 14 years living in Spain before moving to the UK. He came here four years ago, when the economic crisis hit Spain, to build a new life for his family. After working here for two years, in 2012 he suffered from a stroke which had a huge impact on his life and meant he had to leave his job.
Why did you first come to LADPP and how did you find out about the organisation?
My physiotherapist Helen told me that here I could do English classes and there were people I could talk to that could help. Then little by little I was able to make progress. It's been a really good thing that Helen has found for me. I'm also grateful to the advisers, who've helped me with the problems I had before coming to this organisation.
Why do you think that small organisations like this one are important?
It's very difficult when you have to go and talk to lawyers and things like that when you don't speak English. Small organisations like this really help. I think that these types of small organisations that offer services are doing a really good job.
In what way has LADPP helped you?
Well, the most important thing they have helped me with is speaking to the council. I live in the borough of Lewisham and the LADPP advisers have helped me fill out papers, translate things and have helped me write. They have helped me a lot and that's why I think we should support institutions like this.
Transcribed by Yeimmy Granada, Admin & Reception Volunteer and Maria Marin, Office Administrator Volunteer
Translated from Spanish to English by Rachel Hobbs, Community Volunteer & User Development Worker
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