Cherie, 27, has recently moved into her own flat at Bradbury Place. She has cerebral palsy and previously shared a bungalow at Enham Trust’s Weston Court development with another resident of the Trust.
Enham Trust interviewed Cherie who gave her views on her new home.
“Life with a disability is never easy. Even the simplest things can seem like a battle. Before I came to Enham Trust I had lived in a supported living bungalow which I shared with three other people, before then I had lived with my dad. His house wasn’t really suitable at all and he was my main carer. You just get to a certain age when you don’t want your dad looking after you anymore.”
“I have cerebral palsy and can’t use my right side. There are some things I need support to do but I wanted to be more independent. In the bungalow I lived in before, it wasn’t set up for my needs. The worktops in the kitchen were too high so I couldn’t even make a drink for myself.”
Moving in to Bradbury Place
“I wanted to be more independent but my surroundings just weren’t allowing for this at all. When I got offered one of the new flats at Bradbury Place I was really excited. For the first time this would mean living in my own place and it being tailored to my individual needs.”
“It has been challenging making the move. I was determined to do as much of the organising myself and arranged all the furniture to be delivered as well as ringing utility companies. It was hard work but I have my flat set up exactly as I like it.”
“Purple is my favourite colour, everything in my kitchen is purple, the kettle, the toaster, everything! Not having to share the flat means I can have everything the way I want and don’t have to fit in around someone else.”
“I like that fact that it is a really modern building, the bungalows at Weston Court were nice to live in but this is much better for young people like me.”
Being in Andover Town
“I love being so close to town; I can just nip into the shops whenever I want. I have got to know some of my new neighbours as well, Jason has even helped me set up my TV and computer.”
“I feel so lucky to be living in Bradbury Place and the opportunities it is opening up for me. Being more independent makes me feel great!”