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Dwaine follows his dreams

16 July 2018

A Bromley man with learning and physical disabilities has followed his dreams to travel and work as a volunteer with the Metropolitan Police.

SSL resident Dwaine Golding

Dwaine Golding, 31, moved into Park Road, a Sanctuary Supported Living (SSL) supported housing service for people with learning and physical disabilities, straight after leaving a residential secondary school.

When Dwaine, originally from Leeds, arrived in 2009, he needed support with all aspects of daily living. This included budgeting his money, laundry, writing shopping lists and buying food.

Residents at the supported living scheme receive personalised care and support, tailored to their individual needs. With support from staff, Dwaine identified his personal ambitions, including going camping, holidaying abroad and becoming a policeman, which were incorporated into his personal support plan with SSL staff.

A camping trip was the first ambition ticked off Dwaine’s list. He spent a night in a tent in a local garden by the woods and enjoyed a meal he had cooked for himself on a campfire that he had built. 

With his confidence boosted by his night under the stars, Dwaine’s next expedition was a holiday in Spain. He has now visited various locations including Valencia and Tenerife.

Securing a voluntary opportunity at Bromley Police Station, Dwaine went on to achieve his third ambition by volunteering with local Police Officers and staff.

Embracing his new responsibility, he travelled to New Scotland Yard in London for security clearance, where he collected his Metropolitan Police volunteer pass.

During this time, he was also presented with a Young Role Model award by the Mayor of Bromley, for his voluntary work in the community.   

With his new independence, Dwaine now buddies up with less able residents to help them with laundry and preparing food and drinks. He also assists with day-to-day duties at Park Road, such as answering the phone and small tasks in the office to learn new skills.

Additionally, Dwaine has accepted the challenge of becoming a Dignity Champion within Bromley Care Services, a group of SSL services in the area.

This involves listening to other residents’ views and experiences and representing them by speaking up and helping SSL to continually improve its means of preserving residents’ dignity.  

Dwaine said: “Since moving to Park Road I have had to take responsibility for myself, eat a good diet, plan my money and learn what is safe and what is not. 

“It was quite hard at first but with the help I can now keep healthy and do a lot for myself. I have the confidence to help other people.

It was quite hard at first but with help I can now keep healthy and do a lot for myself. I have the confidence to help other people.

Dwaine Golding, Resident

“I am independent, important and my views matter. I am me.”

Jackie Ames, SSL’s local service manager, added: “Since moving to Park Road, Dwaine has gained the skills and abilities to live a more independent lifestyle.

“We are very proud of him.”

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