Tony has been an Advance customer for many years. He has a mild learning disability and suffers from anxiety. He spent around fifteen years living in an Advance-managed supported housing scheme where staff were on duty throughout the day. He could access an on-site office and spend time with the other customers who lived there.
Tony felt he was ready to become more independent and decided to move into a flat in the local community. He shares the flat with another Advance customer and a live-in volunteer.
Tony receives support from one of Advance's community outreach teams. Support Workers visit him at home to help him with budgeting, medical appointments and give him advice. He is able to visit the local office when he needs to. The support Tony receives from the people who volunteer with him has been invaluable and has been of huge benefit to his independence, stability and safety. Tony makes his own choices. He always has people around he can talk to or spend time with.
Tony enjoys playing snooker with his volunteers and and going to lunch at the local cafe.
"I am happy most of the time. I enjoy meeting people and really like all of the volunteers and Advance staff. I'm doing very well in my life."