"If there’s an opportunity, take it, because it might not come round again”

Q Team Client Involvement Volunteer

I’m a leading member of the Q-Team. We are Quality Checkers – we go into learning disability services, check the service and the clients to help them get what they want in their lives and to live how they want. It makes me feel wonderful. The Q-Team has given me ambition!

I live in a Southdown Supported Living Service. I’ve lived there for 11 years and I have my own flat. I love living there. It means a lot to me having my own flat, enjoying life.

Moving there has enabled me to go wrestling, go out, be independent and do what I want to do.

I’m a leading member of the Q-Team. We are Quality Checkers – we go into learning disability services, check the service and the clients to help them get what they want in their lives and to live how they want. It makes me feel wonderful. The Q-Team has given me ambition!

I also train for Southdown – I present about what makes a good support worker through my own experiences. I also help with the ‘Great Interactions’ course. I get picked for these! This is what makes life real.

Southdown is the organisation I’ve always wanted to be with. Without their support I couldn’t be where I am now, to live a dream, and to live for what I believe in. They’re the best because they give me opportunities. Right from the start, opportunity after opportunity. My message is, if there’s an opportunity, take it, because it might not come round again.

The people that use our services are at the heart of everything we do.  We believe that their views, knowledge and experience should have a real influence on reviewing and shaping our services to ensure they meet people's needs. We call this Client Involvement.We encourage people that use our services to be involved with us at levels that suit them. We provide a range of opportunities to match people's abilities, interest and the time and commitment they can offer. We are also continually looking at and developing new ways for our clients to be involved with us.