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A Job Well Done for Service User at CMG's Avenue Road
An inspiring programme of support has led to life-changing results for a service user at CMG’s Avenue Road service in South Norwood, a supported living service for adults with learning difficulties. Morris Walters, 45, who has been living at Avenue Road for just over a year, has successfully gained employment, learnt new skills, and inspired those around him, despite the challenges of autism.
Morris now spends two days a week working at the CMG Head Office in Wimbledon, where he is in charge of recycling and cleaning. He has also made fantastic progress with his cooking, and organises shopping lists and budgets for his meals. Another indicator of Morris’s fantastic progress is the fact that he is now confident in taking the tram to work, after staff helped him to overcome his initial apprehension.
Morris would often display challenging behaviour when he first arrived at Avenue Road, but has been supported by staff to improve his social and communication skills. Morris’s progress has been remarkable and his achievements have been praised and recognised by all members of the Avenue Road team.
The positive progress that Morris has made has meant that he now is an inspiration for others. Several of the other residents of Avenue Road have been motivated to work with staff to expand their horizons, increase their independence and find work, after seeing how Morris has been thriving in his new job.
Avenue Road’s Deputy Service Manager, Joanna Sengendo, said:
“Morris has done amazingly well to make so much progress in such a short period of time. He is a great role model to have around, and has helped to motivate the other residents at Avenue Road.
“Positive communication has been key in helping Morris overcome the barriers he faced before, and he has really flourished since he moved in here.”
Morris Walters said:
“I really enjoy living at Avenue Road and I have lots of friends here. I didn’t like getting the tram before, but now I use it to get to work in Wimbledon and I really like my job.
“I’ve had a great time learning to cook and I love making meals for the staff and residents – my favourite is duck in black bean sauce with egg fried rice!”
Learning Disability Today
Morris' story was also selected by Dan Parton, the Editor of Learning Disability Today within his blog of the week – using it as a key example of the great work which is going on to support people with learning disabilities across the country:
“I regularly get sent press releases about services that are doing great work with and for people with learning disabilities… For example, picking a story at random from my inbox, in just over a year, staff at CMG’s Avenue Road supported living service in South Norwood have helped Morris Walters, who has autism, to gain employment, as well as develop his life skills, such as cooking and travelling. To see the full story, click here.
“Individually, stories like this are great for the people they are helping, whether it is to gain employment, move into a home of their own, or learning valuable life skills. But it also reminds everyone that it is not all doom and gloom for people with learning disabilities – there is some great and often innovative work going on that makes a real difference to people’s lives.”
For the full blog please click HERE.
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