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I love my new flat’: people we support weigh in on our Liverpool service South Drive

At Lifeways, we’re proud of providing top-quality supported living services that support individuals to maximise their independence. And we love hearing from individuals who’ve been settling into their new homes!

South Drive 2, our purpose-built supported living service outside Liverpool, supports adults with learning disabilities. It’s made up of 8 self-contained one-bedroom apartments. 

Each apartment comes with modern white goods and integrated appliances built in as standard. Every individual can access a communal garden with a patio for spending time outdoors.

We spoke to three people we support who’ve recently moved in – and asked how they’re getting on.

‘I love my new flat’: Jenny’s story

Jenny moved into the South Drive in December, and settled down nicely ahead of Christmas. It’s been her third move since she left her parents’ home – and she’s delighted to have found a place she’s happy at.

“I can honestly say I think this is my ‘forever home,’ says Jenny. “I looked at the flat in September with my mum and dad. As soon as I walked in I said ‘yes.’ It is gorgeous and has everything I need.”

Jenny moved into her South Drive apartment with support from her Social Worker and the Lifeways Support Team.

“My staff team are great and are not only helpful, but fun as well,” says Jenny.

Right now, Jenny’s busy developing her skills in the kitchen – and in her picture above, you can see her making pasta from scratch!

She’s looking forward to better times and nicer weather for some barbecues in the garden.

“Thank you Lifeways, you have made me very happy,” says Jenny. Our pleasure, Jenny - that’s what we specialise in!

‘I’ve had the confidence to start an online course’: Adam’s story

Adam also recently moved into South Drive. Before the move, Adam lived in his own flat, without much support - but didn't feel safe and happy where he was living.

“The atmosphere here is much more relaxed and due to this I feel much more confident.”

“I am not isolated as I was before, this is because of the support the Lifeways team has given me. When unsure of issues such as dealing with letters and bills, staff are on hand to offer me help.”

Now Adam’s feeling settled, he’s had the confidence to start an online course to learn German – something he’d always wanted to do.

“Due to feeling a lot happier in my surroundings I have had the confidence to start an online course.”

Good luck with the German course, Adam – or should we say: Viel Glück!

‘My neighbours are amazing’: Aleksiya’s story

Alexsiya moved to South Drive in December, the same month as Jenny.

“I am so excited because I have my own place to live,” says Aleksiya. As a wheelchair user, Aleksiya finds the best thing about her purpose-built apartment is the adapted oven she can easily reach.

“I love my flat because I can cook my own meals using the cooker,” Aleksiya adds.

And when Aleksiya’s not cooking her own meals, she’s sharing with her neighbours.

“My neighbours are amazing and if they cook something they always offer me some,” she says.

“Staff are always really reliable, and they are there when I need support. I am so grateful to live here.”

We’re really glad you like the apartment, Aleksiya!

About Lifeways:

Across the UK, Lifeways provides extraordinary support for adults living in the community.

As the UK’s largest team of support professionals, Lifeways supports adults with diverse and complex needs, including learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries, and mental health conditions. 

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