Life Story: Joe's Story

Joe is a young man who, through our 3D Community Support programme, the encouragement of his Circle of Support, and a lot of personal courage, has managed to go from living in a hostel to employing his own personal assistants and living in his own flat, which he rents privately.

From the first meeting things changed for Joe when he asked “would people be able to have a cup of tea with me when we are out?”

The previous agency staff had said they were not allowed to have a drink with him when they were out shopping. He was delighted when he heard the answer was “Yes! You are the boss!”.

Joe now has three different people in his staff team. With the help of his mum he has employed someone to support him with cooking, budgeting and housework. He has also employed a young man the same age as him to meet up with friends and socialise and has another person to help him learn the bus and train routes he wants to use. Joe chose people who shared his enthusiasm for his dream to be a self-employed artist.

Recently Joe held an exhibition of his paintings, pottery and photography. His team of personal assistants helped him to get ready for the exhibition and his Circle helped him to invite people.

The exhibition was a great success, everything was sold and he received commissions. He also made links with local artists who have invited him to exhibit his work with them.


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