We’ve been supporting Joanne since 2011. Before coming to us, Joanne had been living in her own home, but didn’t have the support she needed to develop the skills to live independently.
In her new home, Joanne uses technology to help her live more independently. A key-fob entry on doors gives her easy access as well as safety and privacy. She has a pendant she can use to call for assistance from her support team.
Joanne loves singing and is often heard singing along with the karaoke machine in her flat. She loves dancing, music, and watching TV comedies.
When we started supporting Joanne, we asked her about the activities she would like to do and the skills she would like to develop.
One of her dreams was to work with children, so her support team helped her find a local children’s nursery where she could work. She now volunteers there once a week and is a valued member of the nursery’s staff team. Joanne says: “I feel like I know what I’m doing and I’m not shy anymore. I’m getting better at being able to do activities with the children.”
Joanne also volunteers once a week at the British Heart Foundation shop in Loughborough, labelling donation bags and selling raffle tickets to customers.
Joanne enjoys swimming, spa days, cinema trips, and goes bowling with other people we support. She has a busy social calendar, often meeting her friends at local social clubs and nightclubs.
Joanne has done travel planning and training to help her get to work and meet her friends.
Rita, Joanne’s support manager, explains: “Joanne’s jobs have really made a difference to her already growing confidence. She is feeling empowered to take a greater lead in making decisions about how she wants to live.”