The Nimrod Story


A project in Cardiff for adults with severe learning disabilities living in the community.


Nimrod is a unique project, set up in Cardiff. Its aim is to prove that if the whole range of Community Services is properly co-ordinated, even people with severe learning disabilities can live in ordinary houses in their local neighbourhood, instead of in hospitals far away from their homes.

Part 1 We see how the project has affected the lives of three people, Steven, Joyce and Christine, now being cared for just round the corner from their families.

Part 2 Peter is nine and has learning disabilities. His mother was finding him increasingly hard to handle and dreaded the inevitable day when he would have to go into a long stay hospital.

Part 3 Jimmy is facing a crisis; he had lived with his parents for nearly 40 years until his father’s death finally left him alone. Community care does work, but only if the services are properly funded, reliable, fully comprehensive and flexible.

Made in 1986 this film reflects the cultural attitudes and language of the time it was made. The issues raised are timeless. The film quality may not be to modern standards.

This programme can be rented on our Video on Demand system for £1.50. For this you can view as often as you like within a 48 hour period of your own choosing.

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