Jan Thomas

Jan smiling

What people like and admire about me

I treat people with respect. People like having chats with me. A good sense of humour.

What’s important to me?

I’ve got lots of interests. I like meeting people my own age and I like going to the theatre, cinemas, record shops and restaurants. 

Music is very important to me; I like to listen to music through my phone on my Amazon Echo speaker. I can play a lot of instruments including keyboards, acoustic guitar, and harmonica.

Things I find challenging. 

I can struggle with technology sometimes as I don’t know how to use internet on my phone and I can struggle with Teams meeting. 

I also need support around the flat: with reading post and cleaning. I’ll often need guiding when I’m out and about.

Why are you passionate about campaigning and making a difference?

I want to live in an exciting community – I’d love to see town centres building back with more shops and restaurants, and more things to do that are accessible for people with disabilities.

What is something that you think needs changing to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities, autism, and sight loss?

I want to see more help and support for people wanting to get paid work. People with disabilities also need support with relationships and understanding how to navigate these relationships.

What are your biggest strengths?

I can talk to local people and use my lived experience to help them understand things from the perspective of a person with learning disabilities.