New independence beckons for William
04/02/2014A man who is profoundly deaf with no speech is now enjoying an independent life in the community thanks to the Southern Trust’s priority to community resettlement.
William Bell who is 33 years old and has a learning disability lives in Moy with the help of support staff.
William’s supporter Helen explains: “William was a resident of Longstone Hospital for over 11 years and has re-settled to his own house in Moy. William was actively involved in the planning of his transition to Vela House, through person-centred planning and the support of his ‘micro board’. This is a voluntary organisation which allows family members and friends to develop a support network for individual with disabilities. William’s micro board are friends and family who act as his advocate and voice.”
William was actively involved choosing the furnishings and colour scheme and it was his decision to name his new home Vela House.
Another supporter Martin adds: “William is supported by eight staff, all of whom have worked with him during his time at Longstone Hospital. His independence wouldn’t have been possible without these staff and the wonderful support of social workers.”
Fionnuala Harvey, William’s social worker with the Sensory Disability Team at the Southern Trust, adds: “William is enjoying his new home and greater independence with cooking, cleaning, shopping and gardening. William enjoyed a recent celebration of his new home and was joined by all those who helped and supported in his transition.”