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Simon had lived in institutions, sharing support, transport and his home with others for most of his adult life. Simon took part in a person centred planning workshop, that helped him identify his goals for the future, which included being more in control of his life, living on his own, spending more time doing activities that he enjoys and trying new things, and to have help to manage his money.
Since the workshop, a lot has changed for Simon. At the end of April 2018, he moved from his previous shared accommodation into his own bungalow, where mirus support him to manage his tenancy and gain independence.
Since moving in, Simon has got involved in a whole host of new activities, such as going for meals, playing darts, pool and snooker, volunteering in his local area, and learning new skills like cookery, Welsh and IT. As well as keeping in touch with old friends, Simon has made new friends in the area. He and his neighbour often pop to each other’s bungalows for a coffee and a chat.
With support, Simon manages his own money, and likes pay his own bills and keep track of his spending. He compares his outgoings week by week to ensure that he isn’t spending too much.
In recognition of Simon’s remarkable progress towards independence, he was nominated for Cymorth Cymru’s Personal Achievement Award by mirus staff. Simon attended the award ceremony with his support staff in November 2018, and was delighted to be welcomed on stage as an award winner.