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Gloucestershire stories

Jane, who is 56, previously lived in an institution and subsequently moved to a registered care home where 11 people lived in Gloucester. In this service her individual needs were lost due to living in a large service. In April 2014, Jane was supported to move into a brand new, purpose-built, one bedroom annex attached to a Brandon Trust service. The annex was built with all of Jane’s requirements at the centre of the planning. This included both a hi/lo bath and wet room. She also has assistive technology allowing her the freedom to access her accommodation without support. Since moving into the property her behaviours have significantly reduced. The move from residential care has given Jane her own tenancy. She also now has use of her own Motability vehicle which she uses every day to access her local community.

Three tenants at Court View used to live in a five bedroom house and had no control over who occupied the other two rooms. They wanted to move to their own private house so that they could choose where they lived and who they lived with. The Brandon Trust team supported them in making that happen. After finding a property and inviting their family and friends to look around, the three residents moved in. The new house is comfy and cosy with decor and furniture that the men chose themselves. One of the tenants, David, is volunteering in the local shop – something he’s never done before.

Gary moved into a supported living service in Berry Hill supported by Brandon Trust in October 2013 from another supported living service where the provider was not meeting his needs. When he first arrived in October 2013 he had very low self-esteem particularly around his image. He also struggled to access his community as he perceived using a wheelchair in a negative way. With the support of Brandon Trust, Gary has built up his confidence and has a job working in Dr Charlie’s lunch club, where he collects money from the people who use the club. His confidence has rocketed and he has made friends there. In addition, Gary presented at a recent Brandon Trust event talking about how his life has improved. Gary is a great football fan and was recently supported on a tour of Wembley which he loved.

Ashley is proud of himself and enjoys helping at the Green Gym, which is attached to Cirencester Hospital and run in conjunction with TCV and Cotswold Volunteers. He works on Thursdays in the woodland area, orchard and in the formal garden, and has made a new friend called Tony.

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