One big festive family lunch

December 13, 2017

People supported at Clare House, in Dunblane, Stirlingshire and the entire support team enjoyed a big family Christmas lunch together at their local, The Village Inn.

As individuals supported at Clare House live with Prader-Willi Syndrome, the team were careful to plan the meal in advance.

Chris, manager of Clare House explains; “It’s a local pub that some of the people we support choose to use on their pub days. All the staff there know us and we know them, so they recognised how important it was for us to have the food in a timely manner.

“We managed to get hold of the menu and everyone chose what they wanted prior to going down. So, it could be prepared for our arrival.

For starters, we had either, king prawns or butternut squash soup, for mains we had turkey or steak pie, and puddings we indulged a little in, sticky toffee pudding, trifle or Christmas pudding.”

Everyone remarked that it was nice to have a big “family” dinner and have everyone eat together.

Jordan, a supported individual said; “It was nice that we all sat together like one big happy family.”

A wonderful time had by all seizing the opportunity to all eat together.

Clare House consists the main house and four self-contained cottages adjacent where individuals are supported to lead a more independent life whilst still having access to the support team.

The team at Clare House actively encourage the people they support to access activities and hobbies in the local community as independently as possible.  This includes attending football and rugby clubs, tae kwon do, horse-riding, drama groups and enjoying community life.

Developing daily living skills such as cooking and cleaning is a key focus to build confidence and greater independence.  The team also support the management of finances and help individuals to seek out local work opportunities. Some individuals living at Clare House also currently volunteer and raise funds for charity.

Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a rare genetic condition, affecting an estimated 1500 – 2000 people in the UK of all ages. Individuals are restricted in their daily life through their insatiable appetites and they may experience other complications, such as restricted growth and behavioural problems.

In a nation where food is all around us and part of everything we do, people with PWS metabolise food differently, so need 40% less calories than the rest of the population. Other characteristics of PWS include, for example, learning disabilities that may range in their severity, and challenging behaviours are a feature of PWS whether or not the person has a measured learning disability.

To read more about Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) click here

Supporting people with PWS for over 35 years, Consensus currently supports over 70 adults with PWS, most of whom come from all over the UK to live with us for specialised support.

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