“A place of his own”

Our Shared Lives carers open up their homes to people with learning disabilities or mental health needs, so that they can become an integral member of the family, share in the daily activities and be a part of the local community. Here, we share Michael’s story, a young man with a mild learning disability and autism, who lives with Trevor, a Certitude Shared Lives carer.

Following a difficult period in his life, and since moving in with Trevor, Michael has taken part in a wide range of activities, such as weekly football and ‘The Voice’ support group, where he is able to have his voice heard and meet new people.

Michael’s main goals were to find employment, training opportunities, socialise, manage his budgets and, ultimately, to have his own flat. We’re delighted to announce that earlier this year, after going through assessment processes, he moved in to his new flat!

Michael openly expresses how he has thoroughly enjoyed living with Trevor’s family, as well as taking part in birthday celebrations and meals out.

“Trevor and his family were always there for guidance and support whenever I needed them.”

He has also been the resident DJ at a number of Certitude club nights at our Cut a Rug events and has visited Remploy (an employment support service for people with disabilities) to find work and training opportunities.

The stability and support Michael experienced living with Trevor has enabled him to become a confident young man, as he continues to develop numerous life skills and becomes increasingly independent.

Michael is currently taking driving lessons and working towards a full driver’s license, and continues to have day support with Trevor, a relationship that is likely to flourish for many years to come. Trevor certainly agrees:

“I’m really pleased about the relationship Michael and I have built, and I’m so pleased he now has a place of his own.”

For more information on Shared Lives, visit their webpage or contact us on 020 8772 6222. You can also read through Lester’s story for a little more insight!