A young man with learning difficulties who had been living at a residential home Birchington, Kent since 2007, has celebrated his first three months of independent living by taking his girlfriend on a visit to Margate’s Halloween scare festival ‘Screamland.’
David, aged 29, who also has epilepsy, successfully made the transition to supported living in a flat of his own, seven miles his previous home, Springfield House.
Staff at Springfield House who have worked closely with David over the past eight years to develop his independent living skills, and continue to support him in his new flat, have been wowed by his hospitality.
Said service manager, Sam Long: “He makes a mean cuppa, and is always keen to share with visitors the tasty dishes he has learned to prepare, such as tuna pasta bake, Hunter’s casserole and waffles.
“Meal preparation is an important element of the daily living skills we support our service users to develop, along with budgeting, weekly planning, personal care and domestic skills.”
David’s outreach workers are now supporting him in his quest for a suitable part-time job, as part of the positive work they do with him during the six hours they spend together each day.
Sam said: “We actively encourage community participation and involvement, and we work with all our service users to identify their personal goals and aspirations and keep them safe and happy.
“We support the individuals in our care to live as full a life as possible, promoting choice and independence and where possible we support them to move forward to supported or semi-supported living, like David.”
As a result of David’s successful relocation into his own apartment, there is now a vacancy at Springfield House, where staff specialise in supporting people with complex needs and behaviours that challenge.
Shared spaces at Springfield House include a large, open plan lounge and dining room, a smaller additional lounge and a large, fully fitted kitchen. All ten bedrooms are ensuite, with five on the ground floor and five on the first floor.
The property has a secure rear garden, with a log cabin that is used as a sensory room or an activity room. The garden also has a trampoline and patio area.
Springfield House is five minutes’ walk to the town centre and just two minutes from the seafront. There is also a train station within five minutes’ walk, with good links to Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs.
The Regard Group, which runs Springfield, has recently attained the Gold Standard at Investors in People, one of only four organisations in the sector to achieve the standard.