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James at Heron Court

James, aged 19, was one of the first people to move into Heron Court, our brand-new supported living service in Leith, Edinburgh this spring.

Since then, James’ foster mum, Helen, says he’s been absolutely thriving.

“It’s amazing,” says Helen. “He has learned to cook and bake and to go out every day. He is very happy.”

“I can’t believe the difference in James,” adds Helen. “At home he would not get up before 10am at the weekend, and some days, not get dressed. Now he is up and ready to go out.”

“Thanks for all your team do for James!”

As well as spending time socialising, cooking and baking, James also enjoys going out on his bike – being accompanied by the team.

Living life to the fullest

James at the seaside

Heron Court’s Support Team are delighted with James’ journey to greater independence. 

“James has settled in so well and has built lots of positive relationships with the team and other people we support,” says Eilidh Dewar, a Team Leader at Heron Court.

“We enjoy supporting him to live his life to the fullest by helping him to learn new skills, live independently and play a part in the local community. We’re looking forward to continue supporting James for a time to come!”

Self-contained living

This spring, Heron Court, our brand-new development of 24 self-contained one-bedroom apartments in the Scottish capital, officially opened. The self-contained apartments offer independence to each individual, with support whenever needed.

Heron Court is home to adults who live with learning disabilities and autism. It’s situated in Leith, just over a mile from Edinburgh City Centre.

The service is run by Living Ambitions, which delivers a diverse range of bespoke services across the UK.

These services include supported living, residential care, outreach services, respite care and support at home, with the aim of helping people live as independently as possible.

Living Ambitions is part of Lifeways.

About Lifeways:

Lifeways is the UK’s largest team of support professionals. Across England, Scotland and Wales, we provide support for adults in the community.

Our 11,000 colleagues currently support almost 5,000 individuals who live in our 1,500 supported living and residential services.

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