Jay's story

Jay  was referred to us in 2007. He was 16 years old. Jay has learning disabilities and presented episodes of extremely challenging behaviour that led to the breakdown of several foster placements.  

He was provided with an intensive package of care and support at The Squirrels. Our staff worked in conjunction with the clinical psychology team to support Jay in a ‘low arousal’ environment. With our calm, caring approach, Jay’s behaviour quickly stabilised. 

We supported Jay as he undertook a specialist college course. He flourished both academically and at home – developing vital independent living skills as he progressed into adulthood.

Having made great progress, in 2010 Jay moved into Willowside – our supported living home for younger adults. At Willowside he receives the care and support he needs to stay safe, whilst developing the confidence and skills to live as independently as possible. 

Steven's story

Steven sustained an acquired brain injury in 2005 whilst living with his family in Australia. Following the accident, his parents needed to move back to the UK to be with their support networks. They hoped to find the high quality services able to meet Steven’s complex needs in Gloucestershire.  

Unfortunately, the family were disappointed with the services on offer.  So Steven’s Case Manager contacted Step-A-Side and, following an assessment in 2009, Steven moved into The Squirrels. With us, he was able to access a comprehensive therapeutic programme involving speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, psychology and occupational therapy.

Steven made great progress at The Squirrels. But, in due course, it was appropriate for him to receive more age appropriate services. In 2012 he moved into Willowside – our supported living home for younger adults.

At Willowside, Steven is provided with appropriate levels of support to meet his needs. He also receives access to education through the ASDAN programme. This is delivered through a specialist home tutor.  We also provide the local case management for Steven, working with the Insurance Commission of Western Australia and Steven’s lawyers to ensure he receives the best possible rehabilitation.

If you need, or if someone you know could benefit from our support, please do get in touch by calling Mark, Rachel or Sue on 01594 501230.