My Life – My Choice Limited was established in 2001 were we opened ‘Lora House’ a small respite centre for adults with disabilities, then in December 2003 we opened an activity and respite centre, aptly named the ‘Blue Tin Roof’ for children and young adults with disabilities.
Over the past 12 years the team has worked hard to provide a whole host of services, we have grown in capacity and have basically outgrown the Blue Tin Roof. So in 2013 we bought a new building in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire and have spent the last couple of years giving this building a major refurbishment. This brand new centre is named ‘Big Blue Door’. All our services in Blackburn have now been transferred to the Big Blue Door.
My name is Andrea Brighouse and I am the Managing Director of My Life – My Choice Ltd. I thought it may be helpful to give some additional information about why we exist in the first place, and what we are all about.
My professional background is that of working with children and adults with disabilities in a variety of residential, educational and respite units for over 24 years.
In my personal life, I am a wife to Colin and a mother to three children, three cats, one snake and a pack of six sled dogs. My eldest daughter Lora is now 27years old. Lora was born with a variety of disabilities and additional needs, which include, Neuro Fibro Matosis, Autism and Severe Learning Disabilities.