We are proud of the work we do and the positive impact that the support we provide has in creating brighter futures and better lives. It’s why we do what we do.
When we start supporting someone it is often because their circumstances have changed, whether it is the need for a different support package or moving to a new home. After working with someone and getting to know them, we begin see positive changes. We think of this as “the Avenues effect.”
These changes come from supporting people to move forward in their own way. It’s not always about big milestones and often it’s the little steps where we see the difference - for example, when someone makes their own cup of tea for the first time.
It’s not always easy to show these positive changes with statistics so we would like to share some stories with you.
“Simon is a different person now. Every morning he seems excited about the day ahead.”
Simon has profound learning disabilities and complex needs relating to his physical disabilities. Before coming to Avenues, Simon had spent most of his life in an institutional setting. His support workers noticed early on that during the day Simon rarely engaged in any activities. At night, he slept very badly, often waking up screaming and crying. The support team were concerned that Simon was unhappy and knew that something needed to change.
Read Simon's story in full here.
“For the first time in a long time, I’ve seen Clare smile, laugh and just be herself. “It’s a huge weight off my shoulders knowing that she is okay again. My daughter is now close by, she is living life the way she wants and she is happy. I can’t tell you what this means to me."
Clare has autism and complex needs. After being sectioned under the Mental Health Act she had been admitted as an inpatient to an assessment and treatment centre. She didn’t have many opportunities to go out and her family lived too far away to visit on a regular basis.
The transition from the assessment and treatment centre to her own flat involved many steps of a period of months to make sure that Clare was ready to move. Her new support team spent time building a relationship with her and getting to know more about her interests and hopes for the future so that they could plan how best to support Clare when she moved.
Read Clare's story in full here.
“Before Avenues started supporting us, we had some very tough times.”
Tom is 10 and has a learning disability. His speech is limited and his behaviour is sometimes challenging. Looking after Tom had started to affect his mum’s health.
Tom needed two support workers to successfully manage his behaviour. He would sit on the floor for hours and refuse to move; he would spit, swear and be physically aggressive. In shops, he would pull things off the shelves and try to break them. Lorraine, one of Tom’s support workers says, “It was hard with Tom at first, however with consistency and patience we soon started to build a relationship.”
Read Tom's story in full here.
Neil is now looking forward and has identified some new goals for the future.
Neil was 26 when a road traffic accident left him with a severe brain injury.
Before the accident, Neil lived with his girlfriend and enjoyed an active social and professional life as an outdoor pursuits instructor. The accident left him in need of major surgery and dependent on a wheelchair whilst he underwent physiotherapy. He was faced with the challenge of rebuilding his life, which caused him to become anxious and insecure.
When we first started supporting Neil it was twenty-four hours a day. Although he was on the way to recovery, he was experiencing language difficulties and memory deficits and he was unable to live independently.
Read Neil's story in full here.