"I am looking forward to getting out into the world as soon as the coronavirus situation is sorted"

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Learning Disability Client

I will now be able to access so much more in the community

In the middle of this coronavirus crisis I would like to share some great news! 

Two years ago I set up a crowdfunding page in order to raise money for a new power chair. Thanks to so many kind donations from family, friends and beyond I was able to start the ball rolling. 

Two years later and with a few hurdles on the way I now have the chair and could not be happier with it! I will now be able to access so much more in the community and have the freedom to live my life to its fullest. I am looking forward to getting out into the world as soon as the coronavirus situation is sorted. For now I am able to use it at home and in the garden too which I am grateful for!

 

Kevin lives in one of our Learning Disability Support services and had been using a heavy manual chair to get around. This chair was difficult for his parents and some Support Workers to use. At the moment Power Chairs are only funded to people who can self-propel. It has been a long and challenging journey for him to get his new chair. His next project will be to meet with his local MP to discuss the process he went through and to ask questions about why he had to self-fund his own chair. He wants to start the discussion around getting this changed.

Southdown manages supported living services across Sussex. Supported living is where an individual owns or rents their own home and has control over the support they get and how they live their lives. Accommodation and support is provided separately. It can be very different for different people. For one person, supported living might be a few hours of support a week to enable them to live independently by themselves in a rented flat. For another it may be around the clock support in a shared house or self-contained flat.