Malcolm’s story

Malcolm has many friends in the supported living scheme who he is able to socialise with and go on various activities.

Malcolm has a Learning Disibility and has Mental Health issues and requires support in all areas to enable him to access community safely and make lifestyle choices.

Malcolm used a short break service giving his mother. the main carer, a break to enable him to live at home as long as possible. He then moved into a small group home and when the opportunity arose he was able to access supported Living at the Flighters with the aid of staff on site 24/7. He likes to access local community and go to near by shops. He likes support from staff for various activities including shopping, entertainment and local cookery group. All this he is able to achieve with help from staff.

He’s now able to be more independent he spends time in his own flat knowing staff are available to offer and advise if he needs this support. He enjoys spending money on clothes and loves music and purchasing DVDs. He has been able to make decisions and takes great pride in doing this.

Without supported housing Malcolm may have had to go back into a small group home, or return to his family home, and with his carer getting older, they might not have managed. This would have had a huge effect on Malcolm’s well being.

Recently, Malcolm and a friend went for a meal and then onto to see a show at the Empire, with minimum support from the staff. Supported housing is giving Malcolm his independence.

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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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