Christopher is in his late 40s. He lives independently in an extra care apartment in Southampton; he’s lived there for just over 3 years. Christopher enjoys living independently; he likes to be in control of his own routines. He also likes listening to Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 each lunchtime.
10 months ago Christopher transferred his support package to Social Care in Action, he receives 2-3 hours support per day from us. He has found the support service he receives from us to be more relaxed and informal than he is used to, which he is pleased about. He feels the staff want to get to know him, but they are respectful of his wishes and don’t ask too many questions.
Staff from SCA Care support Christopher to get out and about into his local community, he enjoys daily trips to libraries, regular trips to Sainsburys and he also specifically enjoys trips further afield, we’ve taken him to Romsey Abbey and to Robins’ Nest to browse the records.
Not long after SCA Care started supporting Christopher, he told his support worker Shelley that he would like to get a job, not just voluntary work but paid employment. Shelley has supported Christopher through a return to work course, which he found ok. He’s now looking forward to a fortnight at a local technical college, where he will complete his level 1 qualification in retail and his level 1 in construction. Christopher is guaranteed an interview at the end of his fortnight with a local employer. We’re all wishing him the very best of luck.
We asked Christopher what he would say to someone if they were asking him about SCA support staff, he said; ‘they get to know you really well, the staff are consistent and they make me feel confident’.