But beyond the statistics are individual stories of challenges overcome, goals reached and friendships formed. This section tells some of the stories of the people we support and our volunteers, and how Minstead Trust has helped them.
Helen is a carer for her adult daughter, who is 26. Helen and her husband also have a 28-year-old son who lives in London. As a family, their caring responsibilities have changed as she has grown, along with the support available. Find out more about her story.
Kevin and Elizabeth live together in Poole Supported Living. They are happily engaged. They have both worked hard to lose a lot of weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle, and have won lots of awards from Slimming World! Learn more about how Kevin and Elizabeth lives their lives, their way.
David lives independently in his own flat, but struggled to keep it clean and eat healthy meals. Since starting at Minstead Trust David has had the support networks put in place so that he can thrive. Learn more about how David lives his life, his way.
Silas recently lost his mum, which affected him deeply as they were close. Working with Bea through our wellbeing programme, Silas has learnt how to express and cope with his grief. Find out more about his story and how your support could help more people like him.
Daniel used to really struggle with confidence and self esteem at college. Since joining the team at Lily&Lime he has learnt many new skills and how to overcome his challenges. Daniel is now thriving. He regularly goes out with his friends, and his confidence extends past Lily&Lime.
Corey joined the Lily&Lime café as a volunteer before stepping up as an apprentice shortly after the pandemic lockdown ended. Corey has since passed his apprenticeship, becoming the first Supported Apprentice at Minstead Trust to pass the new End Point Assessment.
Louisa was one of the original team at Lily&Lime café in Portsmouth when she joined in 2016. She has since been able to develop her skills and is now one of its lead bakers.
Luci joined Minstead Trust’s Step Up for Work programme, a work and training programme for people with learning disabilities, autism and other additional needs before beginning a work placement at Lily&Lime café where her natural talent shone. Find out more about her story.
Peter first came to Minstead Lodge and New Forest Day Opportunities in 1996 at the age of 16 years old. His love and passion for gardening with others has lead him back to Minstead Trust after many years, sharing the skills that he learnt himself in the day opportunities. Find out more about his story.
Jan and Linda are sisters who both volunteer at Furzey Gardens Nursery. They say 'we both love volunteering here! It is wonderful to feel part of a team and we would highly recommend becoming a volunteer to anyone who is looking for something worthwhile to do.' Find out more about their story.
Graham has been a Trustee for almost six years now but he also volunteers in Furzey Gardens, which is where his involvement in Minstead Trust began. Find out more about his story.
Steve volunteers in the Animal Care sessions, and as an animal lover, he loves it! He says that 'Minstead Trust is an inspiring and rewarding place to be, offering a happy atmosphere where everyone is treated with kindness and respect.' Find out more about his story.