Real life stories

Sarah

Sarah didn’t know what she wanted to do when she left school. During her gap year in South Africa, she decided to choose a career working with people and started work as a Support Worker. She has now been promoted to Support Co-ordinator.

One of the people Sarah supports is Sally, who has a learning disability. Originally Sally was in full-time residential care, but she much prefers living independently in South Devon. Sarah has worked with Sally to develop her skills in cooking, washing, cleaning and shopping, so that she can live as independent a life as possible. As Sally’s confidence has increased, Sarah has reduced the support she gives Sally. Her goals this year are to help Sally to maximise her independence and to be part of her local community through visiting the local library, using public transport and ordering her prescriptions at the local pharmacy. This has allowed Sally to flourish in her own home, to feel less isolated and to have the life she wants.