In 2013, we supported Laurence in his move from a residential college – where he had lived for several years – to his first home, which he shares with two friends of a similar age, who also have learning disabilities.
Like any young adult, Laurence values his independence and the ability to be responsible for his own life choices.
Working as a team, Laurence first discussed with his two friends (including Emily) which bedrooms each of them would occupy. He then chose the furniture he wanted and decided how his room would be decorated.
Affinity Trust provides regular support to Laurence and his friends, but he has control over his own specific support, choosing how it works and what he does on his own or with friends.
Laurence has built up a strong relationship with his support team, who help him with everyday living, as well as more occasional tasks like paying bills.
Laurence has started to pursue some new interests including attending local dance classes. He enjoys learning new dance moves and spends time perfecting these at home.
Outside his home, Laurence has two work placements. One is at Norton Canes Community Centre, where he helps support the older service users, including making them drinks. The other is at Huntington Rugby Club, where he helps with the raffle, bingo and other games.
Laurence – who has a sign saying ‘Big Boss’ on his bedroom door – says: “I like being my own boss.”