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Simon works towards his goals

We support people to think about how they want their life to be; their personal goals and aspirations, ensuring people have choice and control. What each person wants to get out of life and achieve is used to inform the design of how people are supported; who supports them; when and how.

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.

Simon says: “My support staff are only there when I need them and my support takes place when I want it; so I can do the things I want to do and get help when I need it.”

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.

Simon says: “I can still do all the things I used to enjoy before I moved and keep in touch with my old friends; I’ve got a good and busy life.”

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.

Simon says: “I can get my money when I need to and that used to be a problem for me. I’ve got more control now, I can buy what I want, when I want.”

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.

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