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Alex, 24, is a resident at Sanctuary Supported Living’s Nickleby Road in Chelmsford, an award-winning supported housing service for adults with learning disabilities and autism. The support he’s received from the team in partnership with Mencap has helped him into work at a nearby supermarket.

Nickleby Road resident Alex at work

Alex has been in supported housing for just over a year and receives day to day support from his keyworker, Faiza, as well as the entire staff team.

Alex said: “Before I moved in, I was living at home with my parents and I worked part-time at a restaurant. I was not very busy as I only had a few hours work. My parents thought it was time for me to move out of the family home and I was looking at lots of places where I could be more independent”.

Thanks to the support Alex has received his independence has improved. He’s now doing his washing, managing his finances, and is learning to cook for himself.

“I have learnt new skills with cooking and I can now cook a lot of meals by myself with only a little bit of help with timings. I think I am more confident now as I feel I can cook on my own without worrying about doing things wrong.”

One of Alex’s main goals was to find a job in retail and he began working at his local Morrisons supermarket in March 2020 through a Mencap scheme, just before the country went into lockdown. His role has helped him to develop his skills and confidence and he’s received extremely positive feedback from his manager.

I enjoy talking to customers and putting the food on the shelves.

Alex, resident

 “I enjoy talking to customers and putting the food on the shelves. If I need support I will ask my colleagues, although I try to do things on my own. I have now passed my probation and I really enjoy working with the people I do. I also enjoy getting better at my job and learning how to do particular tasks. 

Outside work, Alex enjoys socialising with the friends he’s made at Nickleby Road, as well as getting out and about when he has time.

“I go out and see friends whenever I want and I feel like I can keep myself safe when doing this. I think I have become more confident with driving since I have been in Chelmsford as having new friends means I have more chances to drive to do things with them, such as going to the driving range, play football or going into town.

The best thing about being at Nickleby Road and in supported living is that I’ve made friends. We all like to do things together and it feels very homely. I also like that they put on activities for us to enjoy”.

For more information about Sanctuary Supported Living’s services for people with disabilities, see our latest news or find a service near you.

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