Here at County Care, we like to share the amazing work our staff do, but also the amazing achievements our Service Users achieve on a daily basis. For some, an achievement could be learning how to cook, getting a bus, or going to a new place.
For the next 12 days leading up to Christmas we’re going to celebrate some of these achievements and share them with you!
Second up is Andrew.
So, on the 2nd day of Christmas, we give you….Trying something new.
When Andrew first came to County Care his support worker described him as not much of a conversationalist and exceptionally quiet and shy.
Together they sat and watched Sky News for a few support sessions, until she introduced him to UNO.
Andrew picked it up quickly and the challenge began. If he lost he’d hoover his flat, if his support worker lost, she’d have to hoover and so it went on.
One day they began to laugh about how useless his support worker was at the game, and slowly they began to chat.
Soon she discovered he liked to go to Costa coffee and so they started to walk there to grab a coffee and of course took UNO to play.
However this was so much more than just going for a coffee. Andrew had previously never had the confidence to ever go for coffee.
Next she discovered that Andrew liked chocolate cake but had never made one, so they set a new challenge to bake one.
It took a few weeks but finally they had the right cake tin and ingredients to make the cake. Step by step they followed instructions and Andrew created a chocolate cake to die for; his first ever.
The next challenge in mid-summer was quite something! Andrew was always known for his long hair and beard, but one day he mentioned he’d love to have it cut, but hadn’t been to the barbers for as long as he could remember.
With the support of family, friends and his support worker he decided to have it all cut off and see how long he could grow it for Christmas! This was a huge step for Andrew as he hadn’t had it cut in years, but he did it – and ordered the barber to cut it all to a number 2 – with a smile on his face and full of confidence!
The difference in Andrew’s confidence, conversation skills and day-to-day like enjoyment is such a difference!
His support worker, Lucia said: “I simply love my job!”