Terry has learning difficulties and needs regular support with his shopping, housework, finances and any sort of form filling. His flat had become uninhabitable as a result of poor ventilation and damp which were affecting his health. Furthermore, his flat was in an area where he was regularly being targeted by vandals who damaged his property, leaving him anxious and isolated.
Acting on his behalf and working with Social Services, we liaised with the landlord’s agent to determine what could be done to improve his home. This involved many telephone calls, completion of forms and discussions with the relevant authorities.
After many weeks it was apparent that no progress was being made so we involved the local Council to help out and, with their support, we have now managed to secure a new home for Terry in a different location. After a long period of being unhappy and feeling very vulnerable Terry cannot stop smiling and is enjoying his new home. We have also helped him decide how he can furnish his house, making the best use of any funds he has and this has given him a greater feeling of autonomy and self-control. Prior to the move his self-confidence was very low and he worried about going out, something that he no longer has to do and he now has a real spring in his step.
Since moving into his new flat, Terry has taken the opportunity to follow up on information he has been given about various groups and clubs for people in his position. He has joined a Walk and Talk Club and is interested in joining a Social Club and to attend a Life Skills club where he can improve his literacy and numeracy skills, learn basic woodwork and similar domestic maintenance. He is very upbeat about this and it is good to see him being so positive.