On the bus

Robert lives in Berkshire, is a massive fan of Brentford Football club, lists the Carry On films amongst his all-time favourites and is an ex train driver. At age 50 Robert was diagnosed with autism.

Up until his mother sadly passed away recently, having autism had not presented him with any major challenges in his day to day life. Without the support of his mother, Robert began to struggle to manage his life. Financial concerns, maintaining his health, preparing meals and seeking social activities were hard to cope with and were having a detrimental effect on him, leaving him in a vulnerable position.

Alone and without support Robert’s local authority stepped in to help him manage his life, health and independence. They arranged for Sorelle Support to meet him and see if their services would achieve the well-being outcomes that he wanted. 12 months ago he began working with a Sorelle Support care team.

Robert along with Kayleigh, one of his support workers, are now successfully learning how to use the cooker and microwave as they prepare meals during the day. Robert tells me he is now starting to enjoy cooking, and is planning his meals and the shopping needed for each day. The money he spends on his food shopping are all planned as part of his financial budgeting, so he knows exactly how much he can spend on groceries.

The budget plan that he created with his support worker is now something that he is increasingly managing independently. Robert is responsible for planning his spending on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, he discussed his plan with his support worker each week. By settling the books himself he has worked out what money he can set aside for something special, he is also looking at managing the money he spends on internet and TV streaming and is looking at maybe getting a deal with Sky.

Tidying the house, throwing out the rubbish, doing the laundry are all tasks that Robert has begun to sort by himself. He explained that these things are not as confusing as they used to be and he is not so worried about doing them now. He has started to read up and research Autism, he said the book he has is pretty big so he will take some time to get through it, but he is not giving up. The group classes he attended initially made him feel a bit uncomfortable; he is not always at ease in social situations so he and his support worker have started arranging outdoor trips and activities to go with those that Robert already does.

Enjoying travelling on buses, Robert is very knowledgeable on his local bus routes and timetables. He has now made the most of the research he has done with Kayleigh by listing the places he would like to visit that are not only served by his local bus routes but those that are further out too. He also looked around to find offers such as 2 for 1 entry to certain attractions.

Recently Robert arranged to take his support worker to places that he said he had never thought to go to in the past, he would often look at them out of the bus window as they passed, but would not get off. He has now explored Windsor Castle and has had the confidence to range further afield to the Tower of London and Hampton Court. Getting out and about is something Robert wants to do more now. The coping strategies he has learnt are helping along with the confidence he is gaining through the specialist support he receives. Robert was able to do voluntary work that helped in his local community and gave him some good experience of being back in the work place. With his finances, health and diet back on track Robert is now more organised, healthy and confident and has learnt the skills to better manage his life. He is now seeking a part job, at the time of writing this he had a number of interviews arranged.

Robert is now more independent than ever before, he is dealing with things that he did not have to deal with before and is now out and about doing things for himself.







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