DH is a happy snapper!

24th May 2018

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A resident at one of Heathcotes Group’s specialist adult care services in Whitley has developed a passion for photography resulting in some stunning wildlife images taken during a trip to Yorkshire’s scenic East Coast.

DH lives at Whitley Park, a residential service which Heathcotes provides for adults with learning disabilities, mental Illness, dual diagnoses and associated complex needs. Her burgeoning interest in picture taking has been supported and encouraged by Heathcotes care staff. Support worker Kevin Wilburn shares DH’s enthusiasm for photography and helped her to buy a camera and enrol on a course at a college in Goole to learn more about the art of the lens. Staff also accompanied DH to spend the day at Bridlington Beach and the nature reserve at Bempton Cliff, home to one of the UK's top wildlife spectacles when around half a million seabirds gather each spring to raise a family.

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The towering chalk cliffs, which overlook the North Sea, are renowned for attracting thousands of particularly photogenic gannets and DH snapped up every opportunity to capture their beauty in full flight. The resulting images are worthy of a professional photographer and DH is rightly very proud of her work.

Whitley Park Service Manager, Tracey Cocks, said:

“We knew that DH had a natural eye for photography, but we were amazed by the incredible standard of the images she took during her day on the coast. They are testament to the skills and knowledge she has learned at the college and we are delighted to see her talent blossoming. DH has been spurred on by her success and she has already been on more outings in search of the perfect shot. Heathcotes endeavour to give all our service users the opportunity to further their learning and acquire new skills. DH is a wonderful example of how this approach can make a huge difference to their personal development.”

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Heathcotes Group’s has 60 adult services nationwide including 12 in Yorkshire.  Various services in Morley, Bridlington, Bradford and Wakefield specialise in a range of conditions including Prader-Willi Syndrome, Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder, Autism, learning disabilities and dual diagnoses.

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