Lockdown success stories!
WHILE many of us spent months on the sofa, a group of young adults were setting and achieving lockdown challenges for themselves.
Residents of two supported living homes, Lodge Road in Kingswood and Air Balloon in St George, decided to use the time constructively rather than dwell on what they couldn’t do.
Between them they have achieved all their goals, including applying for and securing jobs, getting college qualifications and focusing on healthy living.
The two homes support young adults with a range of needs, including care leavers, mild learning or physical disabilities, and autism.
They are part of a network of six homes across Bristol run by Transformations Care and Support.
Operations manager Luke Fain said he had great admiration for what the residents had achieved.
He said: “It’s been remarkable to see how they’ve all matured and discovered what they’re capable of by pushing themselves to do something new.
“For a lot of these young people routine is really important and of course that all blew up when we went into lockdown. They all decided to use the time to focus on something positive, whether it was simply keeping on top of their own laundry and eating healthily, or getting qualifications or jobs for the first time.
“We’ve seen such a huge boost in their self-motivation. It was part steely determination in the face of adversity and part support from the home manager, Charlie, and her team who have done an amazing job.”
The next challenge is to get more involved in community life.
Luke said: “These young people are just like anyone else and want to socialise with other people their age. However, they haven’t got the networks most people have of old school friends and so on, because they might have moved about a lot or been in care. We have done things like Zoom quizzes to keep everyone entertained, but we’d like to expand on that. We’d love to find opportunities in the community where they can get to know other people in the area outside of their own little group in the homes.”
Any suggestions would be welcomed by manager Charlie Bees at CharlieB@transformationscareandsupport.com