Luke’s story

I’ve been as independent as I could be and will carry this on in my new home

Luke moved in to supported housing with Hightown Housing Association in October 2014.

It took Luke a little while to settle into his new home, but he soon made friends with other tenants and really enjoyed taking part in all of the organised activities on offer at Stokebury House.

Within a few months Luke, who has autism, organised his own birthday party including designing the invitations and buying all the food and drink for the communal lounge event.

More recently Luke, aged 29, has lost 23kgs (3st 7lbs) after he started weekly swimming sessions to help him lose weight and improve his wellbeing. This has not only lowered his cholesterol level, but has boosted his confidence and enabled him to reduce his medication.

Luke has also developed a passion for cooking – he said: “I have many skills in cooking now and have even shown some of the staff some new techniques.”

Luke’s growing independence has meant he is able to get the bus to Aylesbury on his own to meet his family and is actively looking for employment. He has also applied for a passport and is looking forward to a trip abroad.

Now he has enough confidence to move out of Stokebury House and he will soon be settling into more independent living in Aylesbury, which will be nearer his family and friends.

Luke said: “I would like to thank all the staff who have supported me and been through thick and thin with me. I’ve really enjoyed taking up swimming, cooking and joining in all the activities here. I’ve been as independent as I could be and will carry this on in my new home.”

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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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