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.
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.
David missed his family and his beloved Saints during lockdown, but with help from his support workers he kept busy and happy with baking and exercise.
Joshua is a talented artist whose art is integral to his well-being and self-worth.
For Agatha, Minstead Trust is a safe and caring environment, which gives her a sense of independence.
Kevan's sister in law says that she does not know what he would do if it wasn't for Minstead Trust - going to the day opportunities centre has been so good for his confidence.
David has not always had a healthy diet and wanted to try and improve the amount of healthy food he eats.
Jacob is determined to arrive on time for work, with our help he does.
Laura previously communicated through hand gestures only, staff supported Laura to communicate verbally and she is now living a happier life.