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#25stories - Leon's top tips for living free

Leon has been supported by Brandon for four years, he’s a busy person who loves his job as a Facilities Assistant, enjoys learning the keyboard and takes regular trips to museums. Leon uses the internet to research ideas, to see if trips are affordable and likes his support team to be able to offer advice when he asks for it.

He explains what happens when he wants to try something new: “Sometimes I go to the team with an idea about what I want to do. We’ll talk about the idea and decide the best way to make that idea materialise. They offer me advice if I need them to.”

Leon has many friends outside his home, through his work and the activities he chooses to do. He knows it’s important to get to know his community and to have people around him that can help make that happen.

When talking about his Brandon team, he said: “Brandon staff are very trustworthy, they’re passionate about their work and it shows. They take pride in supporting people to do the things they want to do.”

Leon’s advice for support workers

“My top tip for new support workers is, go to the person and find out their interests, what they like and what they don’t like. Let that person know that you are there to help.”

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