Over 20 years ago I was working as a crane operator and had an accident, which left me with an acquired brain injury after several hospital stays I went in to Terry Yorath centre in Leeds which was then run by The Disabilities Trust to help with my rehabilitation. While there I met my future housemate.
After leaving there, I went home to my wife and family which unfortunately this did not work out as my personality had changed.
I then had a spell in a nursing home before receiving a place at BIRT’s (the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust) Marfleet Lane supported House where I resided for approximately 18 years meeting up with my house mate.
I settled in to life there and spent many a happy year; staff helping me to achieve daily living tasks shopping & cooking skills and gardening.
I started volunteering at the Goodwin Centre, helping in the kitchen and at Dove House warehouse which is a local hospice, which I still do today. I also did voluntary work in a charity shop and attended a day centre for a short while trying out different activities. We would go for days out to Bridlington and Beverley when the weather was good and had several holidays in the early days, going to Spain and Disneyland Paris but my favourite was to Jersey to which I returned many times over the years.
In 2015 our supported house was relocating to Anlaby Road to larger premises still, in Hull, which opened up more opportunities as we had more housemates living here.
I continue to volunteer at Dove House independently and go to bingo and days out with my housemates. Staff support me to seek out any shows or activities in the local area, I love looking at holiday brochure and have a couple of short breaks away each year where staff support me. I have recently been to Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Liverpool and Blackpool. I have recently started going to a Forget-Me-Not group independently twice a week where I enjoy reminiscing about old times.
To learn new skills & to keep my mind active I attend a computer class weekly. I enjoy doing things independently and staff help me to achieve this but I also like to do things with housemates; playing board games and going out together for meals.
I enjoy a good party and we always invite other supported house to enjoy these with us.
I continue to look forward to choosing my short breaks and enjoying my activities, I love living here at Anlaby Road. I have seen many staff over the years and it feels, out of all the places I have lived, this is simply the best. The staff support me to live my life and support me with what I want to do.
I consider this my home for life.