Anthony Jordan, 59, was referred to 24-hour supported accommodation, designed for people with a high level of needs, when his mother passed away in 2009.
The service helped familiarise him with day-to-day life skills before he was referred to Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Burnt Ash Hill, which provides supported accommodation for people with mental health needs and prepares them for moving on to a place of their own.
Anthony, who has autism and schizophrenia, had developed a basic understanding of everyday tasks when he arrived at Burnt Ash Hill in 2015, but lacked the confidence to carry them out independently.
With support from staff, Anthony, drew up a personalised plan to help him improve his independence, by setting goals to develop his daily living skills like cooking, cleaning and budgeting, as well as getting him used to socialising with residents and other people.
SSL project worker Ronald Thomas, would spend several hours a week with Anthony to support him to attend social events, get used to managing his finances and self-administer his medication.
He was also supported to get involved with activities outside the service like volunteer gardening through MIND, which earned him an involvement certificate from Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
In October 2017, Anthony had become so independent he moved out to a place of his very own for the first time in his life.
Using the independent living skills acquired at Burnt Ash Hill, he worked with decorators to choose the right paint, selected furnishings and sourced van hire to transport them.
Anthony said: “Since I moved in, I’ve had great help from Ronald and the staff.
“I was definitely less sure of myself when I first arrived, but they’ve really helped me to build my confidence and get used to taking care of myself.”
Ronald added: “Anthony’s mum had always done everything for him, so losing her was a massive shock to the system. His first stay in supported housing equipped him with basic life skills, but when he first arrived here, he really lacked confidence.
“Since coming here, Anthony has made great progress and started to take the lead a lot more in areas like managing his money and maintaining his property and it seemed like the time had come for him to move to a place of his own.
“He’s done fantastically well after making such a dramatic change in circumstances and we wish him every success for the future.”