Sarah lives in her own home in Wells-next-the-Sea and is supported there by our Norfolk Support at Home team. Sarah loves musicals and just over two years ago she bought tickets to see the musical Matilda in London.
Sadly, the pandemic meant that plans had to be put on hold, but last week – along with support workers Grania and Emily – she was finally able to make the trip. Sarah got to see Matilda at last, and enjoyed a London adventure – staying in a fancy hotel, taking in the sights and eating good food. Sarah also loves to shop so she enjoyed a bit of retail therapy too, which all made for a perfect two-day break.
Emily enjoyed supporting Sarah on her adventure. She told us:
“At home Sarah loves art and craft activities, and we support her with her day to day living tasks and getting out and about in her community. It was a real highlight for me to support Sarah in a completely different environment and to see her enjoy herself, laugh and smile. I feel quite privileged to be given the opportunity to support Sarah to go to London. It was a long time coming, originally it was meant to go ahead before the pandemic, so she’s had a long time to wait! But better late than never!”
Sarah enjoyed her trip so much she is already planning her next adventure.
The Norfolk Support at Home service has a team of staff visiting 32 people with learning disabilities and autism in their own homes across Norfolk, helping them with a range of tasks from meal planning, shopping and cooking or appointments and paperwork. All of these seemingly small tasks can make a huge difference between someone living in their own home, or losing their tenancy.
Service manager Ginny said: “Depending on what level of support the person needs, we could be supporting them for three hours a week for a social activity or for 24 hours a day so they can remain in their own home.”