Affinity Trust has been supporting Paul, who has Asperger syndrome, for over eight years.
Paul’s dedicated support team know him very well. They know his routine, his rituals, and the triggers that can lead to unpredictable behaviour.
Each member of staff understands the importance of Paul having routine and consistency in his life, and his need for personal space so that he feels safe and does not feel anxious.
Paul is at his happiest when he has his daily activity to complete. His support team work with him to identify achievable goals. Paul is supported to attend college and has completed a gardening course.
He is taking a computer course with a tutor from Argyll College, and is saving for a computer of his own.
Paul loves going for long walks on the beach. On other days he goes cycling, enjoys bowling, and plays golf with his support workers. He has also enjoyed 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 the health and social care professionals connected to his circle of support. They have seen Paul progress in leaps and bounds over the years he has been with Affinity Trust.
His 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.”