Neville

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Neville was born in Malta in 1949.  At the age of 10 his family moved to the UK.
Neville grew up in a foreign world with people who were not particularly fond of him as in those days the Mediterranean golden brown of his skin was too exotic to be overlooked. But this was about to change later.
Since his first job as an apprentice engineer, Neville got a taste for teaching and supporting others. 

Thereafter, he dedicated most of his working life supporting others by teaching a variety of subjects, from teaching how to drive to disabled, visually impaired and people with hearing impairments, to also teach creative writing, basic life skills, university skills through to computer skills to disabled and mixed ability groups. 

While teaching at several colleges, Neville began specialising in supporting persons with varying physical, social, and learning disabilities. One of his earliest projects was delivering basic literacy and numeracy skills to hospital based persons with mental health conditions and serious learning disabilities. Then he increased his support to include visually impaired, wheelchair bound persons. 

Sadly, the UK economic situation began to affect outreach projects and many had to close. Neville, undeterred moved to a housing project and began supporting socially and learning disabled persons in a large project in a deprived area of Bristol. It was while he was employed by this trust that Neville developed several projects. 

From a project Neville called S. A. L. T. (Support And Learning Team) to provide literacy, numeracy, and social skills. Several computer based projects to promote computer skills qualifications, in order to aid employment and autonomy. One of these projects consisted of turning a closed school to become a learning and services village to enable a very deprived area. This project provided computer sessions, turned several of the rooms into individual self-employed businesses, and even encouraged a television company to film a highly successful drama series ‘Teachers’ to be filmed on the premises.

Shortly after this successful project, Neville suffered the first of his three heart attacks. About a year later he suffered the second and Neville had to reduce his working hours. A year later, with an 80% arterial blockage, Neville needed a triple bypass procedure. During the operation he suffered another heart attack, had a tracheotomy and also encountered pneumonia. He was comatose for 19 days and was not allowed any visitors. Eventually he began to recover and six weeks later was allowed to go home. While recovering Neville was approached by the company to think about creating another project - this time involving teenagers with social, learning, and drug problems.

So six months after leaving hospital, Neville began putting the project into place. Every ten weeks, teenagers who left school without any qualifications, or were expelled where brought in, trained, given new skills, and put into job placement. They also earned £10.00 per week from the Government. It was a huge success. 

Then RNIB (Royal National Institute For The Blind) approached Neville with the prospects of another project, this time involving computers. Neville agreed and developed a centre to support visually impaired people. Over time, he developed three rooms with computers, all supporting visually impaired persons and he also had an idea of creating a program that would teach visually impaired persons how to operate a computer, and access online courses in order to develop a new skill, such as literacy, numeracy and computer skills.

With the support of nearly ten volunteers on a rota, his dream began to develop. Then several national teaching companies began offering project funding to develop the project. The centre became a testing bed for new and innovative support products to aid visually impaired, with social and learning disabilities. In a short while it began attracting media attention, with radio, television, newspaper and magazines all asking for interviews.

Unbeknown to Neville, volunteers, staff, and clients had nominated for a national prize. But sadly, before he had a chance to appreciate the glory Neville so deserved, he became very ill and sadly had to retire through ill health. 

Since then, Neville can hardly move. He is wheelchair bound. Has osteoarthritis in his knees and hips, which is developing to many of his other joints, with his fingers and toes currently suffering. He has a floating sternum (where his triple bypass had failed), so he’s unable to breathe properly. He has angina and more heart problems. 

What else could he have developed for others if he hadn’t been ill in the last 12 years? Now at the age of 68, what Neville deserves is a some life quality.'