From the day he joined us, Tony had aspirations to work in a full time job. As a first step, he joined a local gym to build up his core strengths in readiness for work. He also enrolled at a college to develop other skills. Back in the Home staff coached him on managing an interview and built up his confidence. He has now been offered a voluntary position with a view to obtaining part-time paid employment.
Lenny didn’t like participating in any of the activities organised for our residents. In particular he refused to take part in our exercise days, until one day he was finally persuaded to give our walking club a try. Lenny now goes walking three times a week, come rain, wind or shine and is now on his second pair of new trainers!
When Steve came to live with us he was very withdrawn and shunned the company of others. But the warmth of living in a shared family environment started to have its effect. These days Steve likes nothing better than holding a conversation with staff and other residents, and is always a leading contributor at our group discussions.
Matthew loves listening to music. Without a mobile of his own, he was reliant on staff lending him their own. But things would become fraught when there was no mobile available. The Home applied for funding to buy him his own IPAD, onto which staff downloaded the music he likes best. He now no longer screams at staff anymore which happened when he couldn’t access his music. His social worker was thrilled one day to see him dancing with his IPAD – something she had never seen before.