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.
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.
It has been a brilliant year, working in the gardens. I enjoyed cutting the pumpkins for harvest. I have started work at Paulton’s Park in the restaurant, it’s going really brilliant. It is my very first paid job.
Dave shares his love of gardening and how it helps him feel happier and healthier. He also shares some of the things he missed during the coronavirus lockdown.
Maddie has found the coronavirus situation very challenging but her time in the nursery at Furzey Gardens and the help of her support workers is helping her to be more happy and hopeful.
Julia has been a volunteer at Minstead Trust for about five years, mainly involved with fundraising and promotion in the community. When the covid crisis hit, Julia knew she had to do something to help the Trust survive and took on a challenge to raise crucial funds.
Martha is one of Minstead Trust's support workers in supported living, helping people to live more independently in their own homes. Here, Martha looks back on lockdown and the challenges and opportunities it presented.
Florrie lives in our residential area of Minstead Lodge, this is her experience of lockdown and the stresses it caused.