Paul, in his mid-30s, lives in his own flat in Oban, with views over the sea and the mountains.
Affinity Trust has been supporting Paul, who has Asperger syndrome, for over eight years.
Paul’s support team know him very well. They understand the importance to Paul of having routine and consistency in his life, and his need for personal space so he feels safe and does not feel anxious. They also recognise the triggers that can lead to unpredictable behaviour.
Paul is at his happiest when he has his daily activities to complete. He keeps a diary of these activities: “If I don’t do any planning, then I could forget what I’m doing.”
Paul’s support team work with him to identify achievable goals. For instance, he has been supported to take courses in computing at Argyll College in Oban, in art at Lochaber High School in Fort William, and in gardening. He has also enjoyed a holiday in Center Parcs in the Lake District.
Oban, in Argyll and Bute, offers opportunities for all sorts of sport, which Paul relishes: “I like playing tennis and badminton and ping pong. I like Go Kart racing that can go on for many miles.”
Paul loves going for long walks, on the beach or across the hills. He also enjoys cycling, and challenging his support team to keep up with him: “They still find it difficult to catch up with me.”
Paul used to enjoy kayaking; his support team learnt to kayak too, so his passion could be encouraged.
Paul’s support team listen to him and work closely with his family and health and social care professionals. They have seen Paul make good progress in the time he has been with Affinity Trust. Since 2017, he has even taken a turn at karaoke – Wonderwall is his favourite – at Affinity Trust’s Christmas party in Troon.
Paul’s support manager says: “The most positive change is that Paul has developed the confidence and freedom to express himself and to ask questions about his life.”