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 how Minstead Trust has helped them live more independent lives.
Blake's mental health went really downhill during lockdown, missing getting out and about and feeling like his life was without purpose. The opportunity to head back out into his community has made him feel happier and healthier.
For many people with learning disabilities Furzey Gardens is a place of solace, where they can meet with friends to work hard tending the gardens. But they also want to be able to head out into their communities with confidence - something that many of them now struggle with. As Sean, Liam, Jason and Matt tell us here.
Janet found the lockdowns really stressful. She couldn't get out and she missed the things she loves about getting out about in her community - particularly shopping and going to the football. Now Janet would like even more opportunities to get out and about.
Lockdowns were really hard for Robert. He found them very depressing and missed his friends hugely. Now he is finding happiness with those friends in his community again, with the support of Minstead Trust.
It has been a seismic 18 months for all of us as we learnt to cope with the Covid pandemic. We caught up with Phil, Silas, Ed and David – people we support in the New Forest – to ask them what they have missed during the pandemic and how it has affected them.
Tiger is supported by Minstead Trust to live in her own home. Before the Covid-19 pandemic she loved spending time at one of the Trust's community groups, learning new skills and catching up with friends. Here she tells us about her last 18 months and her hopes that her community group can return.
Jay attends Minstead Trust's day opportunities centre in Portsmouth. Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, Jay has found it very difficult being unable to attend his job and missed many of his community activities like coffee with his Dad. Here he tells us his story.
Gemma and Isabel have lived together in one of our supported living houses for six years. They are great friends and really enjoying living together and going on holidays together.
During lockdown one of the people we support lived in his home alone as his housemate had to isolate at home with his parents due to health issues. He was very isolated and unable to do any of his normal socialising.
For one person we support, Covid19 has made her more anxious and has affected every aspect of her day to day living. She has struggled, with loneliness, unable to cope or express her emotions and she has felt very isolated.
Janet attends Minstead Trust’s Portsmouth Day Opportunities to meet new people, have a chat and enjoy the company of others while learning new skills.
Ed went home at the start of the Covid outbreak, before returning to day opportunities when it was safe. He was sad that the New Forest Show was cancelled as he enjoyed it last year, but his support workers have helped him thrive despite the challenges.