Staff and learners at YCC celebrated Diversity Month this October with special guest speaker Brook Trotter. Brook, a previous YCC Sports learner who now lives in Manchester, came in to talk to current Health & Social Care learners about suffering and living with brain damage. Equality and Diversity Co-Coordinator for the Grimsby Institute Group, Aretha Kay said: “This year we really wanted to focus on people who can talk to us about overcoming personal journeys.”
In 2007 Brook was involved in an almost fatal hit and run accident in Manchester City Centre. After suffering severe head injuries including; fractured skull, broken nose, cheekbones, pallet, jaw and 3 vertebrae, Brook was left in a coma for 16 days with just a 30% chance of survival.
YCC learners not only heard about the physical and mental effects of the accident but also the techniques Brook and his team of Occupation Health Workers have used over the past 8 years to help him re-learn many of the skills he lost as a result.
The group learnt about the physical effects of the Jevity diet – the food substitute that sustained Brooks body whilst in the coma, which left him weighing just 7st 9lbs, Brooks’ determination to ditch the wheelchair and walk again and they found out how good exercise is for increasing oxygen flow to the brain.
Not only did the visit help learners at Yorkshire Coast College think hard about the meaning of diversity and people’s extraordinary ability to overcome challenges but also offered our future Health and Social Care professionals a personal insight into the thoughts and feelings of their potential patients.