Robert started being supported by Affinity Trust in 2012. This was a huge decision made by him and his parents, Jack and Laraine. At first, they had concerns about such a huge change in Robert’s life, but regular consultation between Jack, Laraine, and our teams helped to ease any worries they had about the move. They had the chance to meet other parents whose son or daughter had made huge strides since Affinity Trust took over their support. This helped to paint the picture of what kind of support Robert would receive.
Robert’s parents have an open and communicative relationship with his local support team and both have been delighted by our approach. They say Robert receives regular encouragement to explore his interests, something which he struggled to do in the past.
One of Robert’s great passions is his love of music. He takes pleasure in playing the drums and his electric guitar. He is part of a band called The Outsiders. The band is made up of talented musicians, who also have learning disabilities, and Robert has been part of the band since it was founded in 2009.
In 2016, The Outsiders went on a UK tour and have played in Brighton, Cambridge, Newcastle, Warrington and London. You can find out more about what the band is up to on their website or on their Facebook page.