A service user at Tŷ Aberdafen in Llanelli has had his rehabilitation enhanced by staff encouraging him in his interest in steam trains.

Richard, who came to Tŷ Aberdafen in June 2016 has very limited mobility and generally needs a lot of prompting to engage in activities, especially if it means him leaving the centre’s lounge, but his love of steam trains has given him a real interest which is broadening his horizons. His recent visit to the Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr railway saw him smiling and walking around with a Zimmer frame, rather than using a wheelchair. Richard’s conversation is generally limited to yes or no answers but when talking about trains he becomes animated.

While at the railway, staff gave him a timetable of events and he decided that he would like to go back in September to a special day because, he said, “That’s a good one”. They also spoke to him about becoming a member of the supporters’ club so he could go to club evenings and ride on trains. Richard was really interested in this so Fiona Cull, Tŷ Aberdafen’s Activities Coordinator and Richard’s sister supported him to fill in the necessary forms so that this could become a reality.

Richard’s sister is really pleased with his progress. Staff encourage him with his train books, magazines, and iPlayer and you tube films and Fiona is delighted that he has really come out his shell and engages more at the centre. “iRichard has really flourished over the last couple of months and now holds conversations with the staff and takes part in activities both at the centre and in the local community. He thoroughly enjoyed the trip out to the railway. He went for coffee in the café and asked for directions, which are big achievements for him.”

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