By Megan’s mother, Penny Mack Let me introduce you to our Megan! Megan was born with Down’s Syndrome. As is common with the Syndrome, Megan was born with severe cardiac problems and, at 6 months old, underwent open heart surgery to repair complex defects. Following surgery, she developed complete heart block for which she now has… Continue reading Megan’s Story
Many of the people we support have experienced social isolation due to their living arrangements and have had little control over their lives. By joining their support circle in relation to their finances and their homes, we have made a positive impact on their quality of life.
Individuals are now saving for the things they themselves want, like holidays and hobbies. People we support now have average savings of £10,000 as well as sufficient weekly spending money.
We expertly understand the benefit system and ensure that all the financial help that they are entitled to is applied for. In 2015 we brought in £94,000 of benefit arrears and £55,000 additional recurring annual income for 20 of the persons we support.
Here are some of our success stories.
Joe is 58 years old and for a long time he has held a dream of visiting Malta for a holiday, a destination which holds very special memories for Joe. Joe has spent much time researching his holiday and has even visited Norwich Airport to gather details about flights and costs. Joe particularly loved watching… Continue reading Joe’s Story
Heather lived in a large bungalow with around eight others and had her own room but shared the kitchen and living areas. Sadly, Heather spent most days in her room, rarely leaving it or the bungalow. Her level of well-being at this time was very poor both emotionally and physically and she developed a vitamin… Continue reading Heather’s Story
Charlene lived in a large, communal building with seven male housemates and this proved to be a very isolating experience for Charlene. Meals were served through a hatch and at other times the kitchen was locked which meant Charlene couldn’t prepare a snack when she wanted to. As a result of all these factors, Charlene… Continue reading Charlene’s Story
Marty lived in a supported housing scheme with the use of a shared kitchen, bathroom and lounge and it is important to note that he hadn’t chosen the people he lived with. As a result, Marty found communal living a little challenging and became disengaged with the wider community. He spent most of his time… Continue reading Marty’s Story
Lara was living in a large house with shared communal areas and the only space to call her own was her bedroom. Unfortunately, Lara was not allowed to decorate it to reflect her own taste. As is common with shared use of communal rooms, Lara found using the kitchen difficult and off-putting. Lara found preparing… Continue reading Lara’s Story