A Twickenham woman is celebrating living an independent life in the community. Kelyn Esprit who has been living in care settings since she was 18 has recently moved into her own flat. Kelyn, 34, is being supported by care staff from nearby Jubilee House, run by the Regard Group who provide care services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.
“Keyln has been dreaming about moving into a home of her own for many years,” said Jubilee House manager Louisa Terry. “But with housing opportunities so limited it has taken until now for it to become a reality.
“We are absolutely delighted she has achieved her long-term goal. She is taking it all in her stride and gaining confidence every day. She is enjoying decorating her new flat just the way she likes it.
“She loves going shopping and cooking for herself.
“We were able to support Kelyn to buy items for her new home and to give her a hand setting up and managing her utility bills. She continues to receive daily outreach support from Jubilee House, and is also able to join in with group activities there.”
Staff help Kelyn, who has a learning disability, with her weekly menu planning, including helping to increase her awareness of healthy eating options.
She now attends Richmond Adult and Community college independently twice a week, and volunteers two days a week at Regard’s neighbouring Chertsey and Kneller Road services with the objective for her to develop skills that might lead into paid work opportunities. She also enjoys visiting her local swimming baths and gym.
Jubilee House is a supported living service for adults with learning disabilities and individual complex needs in Twickenham.
The property, which is currently being refurbished, is run by the Regard Group which cares for more than 1,300 people, with a dedicated staff of over 2,600 people on 161 sites across the UK.