Online community honoured
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-10-04
Netbuddy founders with Samantha Cameron
The Prime Minister David Cameron's wife Samantha has played host to a special reception at Downing Street to honour Netbuddy, an online community supporting those with learning difficulties.
120 guests gathered to honour the site founded by two Jewish women, Deborah Gundle and Linda Goldberg.
Netbuddy, which was launched in 2010 further inspired the pair to set up jweb, an online resource which offers people in the Jewish learning disabilities community a chance to find out about opportunities and meet others in similar situations.
Linda Goldberg thanked the Prime Minister's wife as well as their supporters for helping Netbuddy grow.
"On a day to day basis, every day of the year, parents of children and adults with learning disabilities are faced with seemingly insuperable challenges," she said. "No-one teaches us to be parents, and certainly no-one prepares us for the extra, lifelong challenges involved in supporting someone with learning disabilities."
Goldberg added: "Our aim at Netbuddy is to reduce the stress on carers, and by so doing, enhance the lives of those for whom they are caring. The power of the internet means we can provide support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are able to reach out to people in every corner of the UK and, indeed, internationally. We would like to thank Samantha Cameron for hosting this reception and supporting Netbuddy so wholeheartedly."
During the evening the Prime Minister's wife revealed that her own experience of looking after her son Ivan, who suffered from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, had given her greater appreciation for carers.
She also praised Netbuddy for what she called their 'amazing work'.