Steven’s story

To Steven, supported housing means feeling safe and secure, whilst being supported to achieve his goals and reach his potential.

Steven is 22 years old and lives at a supported housing scheme in north London for people with autism and Asperger’s. Steven has autism and a learning disability.
Steven recently finished his third year at Barnet and Southgate College where he has attended courses in independent living, catering and prevocational skills. Over the summer, Steven has enjoyed working at a care farm.
Steven is supported by a team of support workers who assist Steven with developing daily living skills and promoting his independence.

Steven had just turned 18 when he moved into supported housing and had been living with foster parents. Steven’s childhood was difficult and he was very unsettled and anxious when he first moved into supported housing. Being in an emotionally supportive and caring environment helped Steven to build confidence and he has established strong relationships with his support staff and neighbours.

Steven had few daily living skills before moving into Speedwell Court. He is now able to travel independently, cook his own meals and manage his own flat.

Steven loves animals and as well as looking after his own hamster and fish, he was supported to do some voluntary dog sitting for someone in the local community.

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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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