St Stephen’s Road – Josh’s Story
Josh, aged 20, moved into St Stephen’s Road, a supported living service in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, two years ago. Prior to moving into the service, Josh, who has a mild learning disability and autism, had been living in a residential service for Children and Young people.
Josh had struggled with living in a shared environment and compatibility issues with other young people living at the service heightened his anxiety and triggered behaviours, which include aggression towards the support team, resulting in the placement breaking down.
St Stephen’s Road is a supported living service consisting of nine self-contained flats that provides accommodation and support for individuals with learning disabilities, autism and a range of additional needs including physical disability and behaviours that challenge. Each individual has their own tenancy and separate support package, with a 24-hour onsite team providing personalised support tailored to the individual’s bespoke needs. The focus at St Stephen’s is on supporting people to have greater control over their lives and to lead an active, meaningful, fulfilling life as part of their local community.
Read about Josh’s transition into St Stephen’s Road, the achievements he has made and hear first-hand what this has meant to him.