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Bernie's Blog - Strong Women 2019

5th February 2019





Bernie Wood: Manager - Talbot House Support Centre

Forty Years ago Bernie gave birth to a wonderful baby boy, Geoffrey. Unlike his brother, Denis and three sisters, Colette, Sara and Louise,  no one said “congratulations” I later found  why, they were all so sad because Geoffrey had Down Syndrome and they all thought his life and Bernie’s  would be different from the ”norm”. Bernie founded a parent support service (The Peter Pan Centre). Forty years on, Bernie manages that same service, now named Talbot House. Talbot House is a user led charity run by parents, for parents of children and adults who have severe learning disabilities. Bernie says, “We are amazing and unique.  Parents arrive at our centre shivering masses of humanity, lonely, and frustrated and they leave like Sun Flowers with all their problems shared and 99% solved. There is life after disability and I am living proof. I am now 80 years of age still working still caring still loving life.” Their motto is “Get Mam and Dad’s head ok and the kids will be ok”.



Join us on our Walk For Women and help us celebrate International Women's Day 2019

Come and join in the Celebrations. Manchester has a history of some strong women you probably know a few. We are having a walk to show the world how great Manchester and its women are. 

Starting outside Central Library on Saturday 2 March at 1.30pm our Walk for Women will make its way to Castlefield Bowl where we'll continue our celebrations with music, dancing and poetry. You don’t have to be a woman but you have to support this. We will have all shapes and sizes colours and creeds, we’ll be dancing signing in the streets so come and join in.


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Blog Archive
December 2013
Christmas Party 2013 3rd December 2013
Buffet lunch and Christmas Raffle with Andy Lee performing live
July 2013
Carers BBQ 18th July 2013
Talbot House enjoyed a Carers barbecue lunch in the sun
June 2013
Big Health 28th June 2013
Talbot House got involved with The Big Health Check up which was held on the 4th June 2013 it was a huge success
Summer Fun 25th June 2013
The Talbot House first annual Summer Ball which was held on the 14th June 2013 was a great success
Awarded 12th June 2013
Talbot House was one of two Manchester charities to receive a funding boost from Lloyds TSB
May 2013
Rat Race 30th May 2013
World's biggest assault course is tackled on behalf of Talbot House