Lyndsey lives in New Brighton on the Wirral, in a supported living house and has learning disabilities with communication difficulties. Lyndsey really wanted to go on holiday abroad and the staff team helped her at every step. On holiday, Lyndsey was supported through the journey and various language difficulties, Lyndsey went in a submarine which dived to 120 feet below the surface, she visited the famous volcano, strolled through the sand dunes and of course, went to the beach and swam in the sea… she had such a fabulous time that she is planning her next trip abroad and aims to travel the world!
John and his wife moved into independent flats from Potens residential services, and continue to be supported by Potens. Now settled, John has been working as a Volunteer Park Ranger at Birkenhead Park. But he has not stopped there, John has volunteered to help tend gardens at other local Potens services, and is considering whether he may be able to start a local gardening business!
Direct payments which we use at Springfield in Darlington, have been of great benefit to Jonathan, and been beneficial to ourselves, his parents, through three main areas:
-Extended support in the evening-staying for his tea followed by attending the Gateway Club (something he avoided with his parents)
-One to one days-enabling improved communication and social interaction with a number of support workers and other individuals
-Overnight stays-as an alternative to local authority provided respite, supported in a local hotel with activities of choice
As elderly parents, we hope to prepare Jonathan well for the future and leaving the family home, Springfield is helping us in that goal.