Alistair’s thriving with our specialist autism and learning disability support!

A picture of Alistair, a person we support.

Our supported living services offer high-quality care and support for people with autism, learning disabilities and associated complex needs. 

In September 2022, we welcomed Alistair to our supported living service in Haywards Heath. He came to us with few interests or hobbies, and a lack of routine.

Our team empowers the people we support to engage in a wide variety of activities to help them develop new skills and explore their interests!

They knew it was important to introduce meaningful activities, but understood the transition was a big change, and Alistair would need time to settle into his new home before changing his current routine.

With the support of our expertly trained team, we managed this so successfully that Alistair’s now thriving with a more active lifestyle!

Empowering Alistair to life the life he chooses

When Alistair first arrived at our service, he didn’t have regular activities or hobbies, and was disengaged from his support team. Alistair’s previous home hadn’t motivated him to pursue his interests, meaning he lacked valuable social skills and missed opportunities to engage with the local community.

As a young adult with autism, our team understood the importance of this and worked hard to introduce him to new activities. They empowered Alistair to develop a range of skills, introducing structure to their days, and building meaningful relationships.

With our support, Alistair has been able to identify his interests and access relevant opportunities in the local community. Now, he’s empowered to participate in meaningful activities that he enjoys. Alistair is a movie fan and enjoys frequent trips to the cinema.  

Being more active in the community has empowered Alistair to engage with his support staff positively. He’s also more willing to participate in his support plans and is even developing his communication skills!

Finding his freedom

Our team knew they needed to adapt their support style to Alistair’s individual needs. As a person with autism, his support needs are unique to him, especially when it comes to the activities he likes and his preferences with routines.

Alistair prefers a less structured approach to his daily routine and likes to have the freedom to do things more spontaneously! Our team are always flexible and on hand to support him but understand that motivation is important, and he may need prompting to join in with activities.

Alistair’s team ensure they frequently communicate with him throughout the day, understand how he’s feeling and what might stop him from getting out and about. They use gentle encouragement and verbal prompts to inspire him to pursue his interests.  

Understanding Alistair as an individual has helped our team build a trusting relationship with him. He’s now more engaged with his support team and has the confidence to access opportunities in the community. Alistair even takes his support workers along with him – they love to go bowling!

A picture of Sylvia, Branch Manager, with text reading, "Being out in the community really benefits the people we support. Alistair is developing great communication skills and loves to tell us about the things he's been doing! Sylvia, DCA Branch Manager".

A healthy, happy future

With the support of the service team, Alistair leads an active, healthy life – his transformation has been remarkable! He’s added meaningful activities to his life, which has helped him become more confident and independent.

Supporting Alistair to change his life has been a massive accomplishment for the team and our person-centred approach has been key to their progress.

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