We began supporting Jo to live independently in August 2011. Jo had lived in her own home in the community before but the placement failed because the right support was not in place to enable her to develop the skills to live independently.
In her new home Jo uses technology to support her to live with greater independence, control and freedom. She uses a key-fob entry on doors which gives her easy access as well as safety and privacy in her home. She also has a pendant she can press to call for assistance from her support team.
We listened to Jo to find out the activities she would like to do and the skills she would like to develop. One of her aspirations was to be able to work with children. We have supported Jo to turn this aspiration into a reality.
Jo’s support team worked with her to find a local nursery where she could work. They supported her so Jo was equipped with some of the right skills to work within this setting.
Jo started voluntary work at a nursery where she now works every Friday. She is a valued member of the nursery’s staff team and carries out a range of duties. Jo 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.”
Phil, Jo’s support manager, explains: “Jo’s new job has 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.”