“I really like my new home.”
Serley was very quiet when she first moved into her home in Hastings 8 months ago. The staff needed to get to know her and make her feel at ease. So they spent a lot of time chatting and finding out her likes and dislikes.
Now Serley has really come out of her shell. She loves shopping, particularly for bags and purses, and enjoys getting about independently. Serley uses her powered wheelchair with ease, which makes going shopping or to College a fun experience. The staff simply walk by her side, giving her greater independence.
Serley lives in a self-contained flat, so she benefits from her own space. It’s on the ground floor and she can easily access the courtyard and chat with the other tenants.
Nathan lives in his own self-contained flat in Hastings:
"I have been living here now for 4 months and I really like it. There is a nice courtyard where I keep my rabbit, which is close to the front door of my flat. The staff give me some support to help me be more independent. I like going into town and meeting my friends, and I also like going cycling." Nathan
“I am very happy with where I am now. In fact, I’m over the moon.”
"I was living on the streets for some time before being offered temporary accommodation. Although I had a roof over my head, it was a really difficult time for me. That’s when I needed more help.
"My GP referred me to mcch’s Bexley community mental health service. My support worker got to know me and my situation, and realised that where I was living just wasn’t right for me. And when a self-contained flat became available, I moved in and now I am really happy.
"I get support a few hours a week, which has really helped. I now do some volunteering and my future looks good. I hope to learn to drive and get back into work soon."
Stan lives in St Leonards on Sea in his self-contained flat:
“I love bikes,” says Stan. We certainly agree, as every room in his flat is decorated with pictures and ornaments of bikes! Stan has been working with mcch’s My Voice, My Story, My Way storytelling project. He made a helmet out of papier mâché, which has photos inside of people he knows. It also contains other objects to help him remember stories from his past.