Richard P’s story

"I feel happier within myself."

Richard came to Avalon Court in 2015 with low support needs, but did need help with cooking, cleaning, shopping and paperwork and personal care.

This made a difference to Richards life as it gave him more independence and he felt that he could develop as a person. It gave him the opportunity to make new friends, meet new people and taught him how to live on his own. He now regularly keeps on top of household chores and enjoys socializing with new friends outside of the scheme. Richard feels a lot more confident and able to do more things on his own, he now feels that in the very near future he would be able to live independently with little support.

If it wasn’t for supported living, Richard would be living with his parents in the family home. But, this may of hindered his progress in relation to having the confidence to live on his own and eventually move out into the community with little support.

“Supported Housing is a good thing, because you get to talk to other people like support staff and outside agencies, residents who I didn’t know, I have learnt new skills, how to cook, respect people, I feel happier within myself.”

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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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