Jamie’s story

"I stayed in hospital for six months where I had regular rehabilitation, but, when I left I was still using a wheelchair and was unable to walk".

In 2006 when Jamie was 16, he had a motorcycle accident where he hit his head and suffered a severe head injury. Jamie was taken to hospital where he remained in a coma for two months, doctors were unsure if he would wake up or even walk again. Luckily Jamie did wake up, but, unable to speak, he had to write everything down.

After being in hospital for 6 months, Jamie moved back in with his parents and started regular physiotherapy sessions to help improve his chance of walking. Jamie also re-joined the local gym and slowly progressed until able to walk, unaided, by the end of 2007.

Jamie says “Before my accident I was going to college and had an apprenticeship lined up in mechanics. So, when I started walking again and felt like I had regained some independence I went back to college. I completed a few courses but had trouble finding work after I left.

I also felt like I needed to move out of my parents’ home and get a bit more independence but finding a home through the council didn’t work. However, due to my head injury I was able to find a place at Berryfields, a Peabody Group scheme in Colchester for people with an acquired brain injury”.

Whilst at Berryfields one of the support workers showed Jamie an application for the apprenticeship at at Peabody Group. After applying, much to Jamie’s surprise, he secured an interview and then the job.

“It’s been a long road but now I have a job that I love and my own flat… The best part of the job is the people I work with and I couldn’t wish for a better boss”.

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Thousands of people have gained their independence through supported housing. The Starts at Home campaign aims to ensure that people who need extra support will always have a home that meets their needs.

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