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Living in supported housing, and receiving the care and support he needed, has enabled Robert to become more independent, begin volunteering in his community and enjoy watching his favourite sports again.

Robert stands in front of a billboard featuring his favourite snooker players

Robert, 58, has lived at Sanctuary Supported Living’s Studfield Court in Sheffield for nearly four years. He has autism and was referred to the supported housing service, which provides accommodation with CQC-registered personal care and support for people with a range of learning disabilities and autism, after previously living in a council flat on his own and becoming increasingly isolated. 

As well as receiving the regular care and support he needs from the team at Studfield Court, he is now also living closer to his family, which ensures that he gets the independence he wants without feeling disconnected from his loved ones.

Part of the support Robert receives at Studfield Court includes learning how to manage his behaviour and his needs in relation to his autism – staff arranged for him to complete an autism workshop which gave him useful techniques to help him manage when he feels stressed. He has also gained essential life skills to help him live more independently, including managing a budget, shopping, cooking, dealing with post and making appointments.

Staff have also supported Robert to improve his social skills, meaning he is more confident and able to cope in challenging social environments. Thanks to the support he has received, in particular following the disruption of his routine during the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, he has since been able to restart volunteering in the kitchen of a local day service, Burton Street Foundation, where he prepares and serves meals for people with learning difficulties. 

When he’s not volunteering at the day centre, Robert enjoys spending time socially with other residents and the staff at Studfield Court, taking part in regular communal activities and events. He has also been supported to go on holiday every year, and – depending on Covid restrictions – is looking forward to going abroad to Fuerteventura, with support from the Studfield Court team, later this year.

As well as his volunteering and social activities, Robert enjoys watching sport, including football (Sheffield Wednesday is his favourite team). When he told staff that his goal was to attend matches again, as he used to go with his late father, they supported him to get a season ticket and attend home games.

I enjoy the support I receive and the choices I’m given – I’ve felt much happier since moving here.

Robert, resident at Studfield Court

Robert is also a huge snooker fan. With support from Sanctuary Supported Living staff around testing and understanding Covid-restrictions, he was recently able to attend the Snooker World Championships at the Crucible, as part of the Government’s trial to safely restart public attendance at sporting events. He really enjoyed himself and has already been supported to book tickets for the quarter finals in 2022.

Robert said: “I really like spending time with the staff at Studfield Court and joining in with all the events that take place. I enjoy the support I receive and the choices I’m given – I’ve felt much happier since moving here.”

Jenny Reid, Deputy Local Service Manager at Studfield Court, added: “It’s clear to all the team here that Robert is much more content and less stressed, as he’s no longer isolated and lonely. He’s eating more healthily, his behaviour has become much less challenging and he’s much more content, which in turn has also alleviated a lot of the pressure from his family. It’s a pleasure for all of us to see how Robert has thrived since moving into Studfield Court, and receiving the care and support he needs.”

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