One of the key aims of
the staff based at Thames Reach supported housing projects is to help residents
lead more independent lives.
Friends House resident
Christine has flourished since moving into her Thames Reach Wandsworth flat and
is benefitting hugely from regular meetings with her support worker Robin
A full-time carer for
her mother for many years, Christine lost both her parental home and her health
when her mum moved into a care home.
She struggled with
severe depression and felt very alone and isolated before her move into Friends
Robin helped her with
some simple day to day ‘living’ skills which many take for granted but which
Christine had never had the chance to develop before. The aim was to boost her
self-confidence and help her develop a network of new friends.
counselling to help Christine to come to terms with her past.
Robin helped Christine
to understand that she had choices about what she could do. She joined a local
group that helped organise social events for people with
Thames Reach’s Robin
O’Malley, said: “Christine uses her time more effectively now and is able to
make personal choices and lead a more contented life.”
Christine is also a very
talented jeweller and knitter. She decided to take some college courses which
helped her develop her written and IT skills but also take her jewellery and
knitting onto the next level.
Christine said: “The
support plan I drew up with Robin included my aspiration to share my crochet and
knitting skills. I now get great satisfaction from sharing my skills at a
knitting group held in central London twice a week.”
Christine also now
attends jewellery fares and has just completed a bead work and jewellery design
Christine added: I was
really, really depressed and had lost myself. My support worker helped me
identify what I wanted to do and how to get there and how to deal with that
Robin said: “Since
moving in she’s made huge strides and new friendships. She wasn’t used to
independent living but now she’s prepared to move on armed with her new found