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Graham finds a new zest for life

Graham finds a new zest for life thanks to Homeleigh

Graham Oddie, who lives at Homeleigh, has secured himself a volunteer position at a British Heart Foundation shop has been the key to uncovering a fresh zest for life for a Manchester man with learning disabilities.

At the end of 2017 Graham Oddie was struggling to summon up a smile, but with the support of staff at the residential care home where he lives he decided to turn his life around, starting by applying for the BHF position.

Graham has been volunteering at the shop in Cheetham Hill three times a week since March, and feels that he is now a different man.

Lilian Kidd, service manager at Homeleigh where Graham lives, said:

Roller coaster joy for worthing’s Sam

Alton Towers

A young autistic man from West Sussex who has never been on holiday before because he experiences severe anxiety is celebrating making an overnight trip to Alton Towers.

Sam Motton, aged 25, made the 230-mile to journey alongside two members of staff from Coneyhurst Lodge residential service in Worthing where he lives.

‘It worked out really well,” said Coneyhurst service manager, Elvira Panxha.

“He was amazing. He was really calm and cheerful and took everything in his stride. We helped prepare him for the visit by taking him out on regular short trips to different places and then staying a while to slowly build up his confidence.”

Meryem spreads her wings

Park Road

A young woman from Sittingbourne who is living proof that having learning difficulties need not stand in the way of being independent, has written her own account of the progress Park Road has enabled her to make over the past year.

Meryem Kizigol, 34, said:

“When I came to Park Road at the start of March last year I was unable to do a lot of the basic stuff. I kept myself to myself - a very lonely life. I can now do all my own laundry myself, cook, go for daily walks, do house chores and even do my own food shopping.  After a lot of support and encouragement I have been able to do this with no support from staff.”

Kelyn Takes Independent Living In Her Stride

Kelyn Takes Independent Living In Her Stride

A Twickenham woman is celebrating living an independent life in the community. Kelyn Esprit who has been living in care settings since she was 18 has recently moved into her own flat. Kelyn, 34, is being supported by care staff from nearby Jubilee House, run by the Regard Group who provide care services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.

“Keyln has been dreaming about moving into a home of her own for many years,” said Jubilee House manager Louisa Terry. “But with housing opportunities so limited it has taken until now for it to become a reality.