"My life is a lot better having my own car"

Supported Living Client

I like to go for a run around in it during the week depending on who is on duty, and I use the car for my shopping on a Monday.

I got my mobility car in September. It’s a brown Citroen Berlingo on a three year lease from Clarke Mobility in Maidstone. 

The company brought the car to my Learning Disability Service to see if I liked it. The test drive was really good. I knew I wanted it and it’s got some welly behind it. When you put your foot down it doesn’t half go! It’s ever so nice having my own car and it’s comfortable as well. It goes 50 miles to the gallon.

A Support Worker drove it around the area and I sat in the back. The car’s got a ramp and a winch which clips onto my wheelchair to pull the chair in. I sit in the chair whilst it’s being driven but I can also sit in the passenger seat if I want to. It had three seats but I asked for one to be taken out so I could put my shopping in.

I wanted a car for a long time. I wanted one so I could go out more. Just yesterday I went to the bereavement club in the car and we stayed out longer and went for a coffee and something to eat.

I like to go for a run around in it during the week depending on who is on duty, and I use the car for my shopping on a Monday. Sometimes I’ll take my wheelchair to the supermarket, other times I won’t as they have a wheelchair there.

I feel I have definitely got more freedom and independence with this car. Now I don’t have to hire a car for any trips or use the house car.

We went on a three day holiday to Maidstone in the car. I had two Support Workers with me and I sat in the back in my wheelchair. We stayed in the Travel Lodge, saw the canal, wandered around to get our bearings, ate out, and I went to shops and bought myself a new DVD Blu-ray player and cheap CDs and DVDs. It felt great to go on holiday in my car. 

I was talking about future trips today. I want to go down to Wales next year in my own car.

My life is a lot better having my own car. I get a lot more enjoyment.

 

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.