Moving house is one of the most stressful things people do in life. But 56 year old Lawrence couldn’t have been more excited.

Lawrence has cerebral palsy and has been supported by Diverse Abilities for over 40 years. He has lived in supported living for 13 years and prior to that he lived at the charity’s residential home, Edward House. Now he has been able to move into his own home in Poole thanks to the support of the Dorset disability charity.

Man With Cerebral Palsy Gets His Independence

Lawrence in his garden

At his new home Lawrence enjoys putting his washing on and putting out the bins ready for collection day. Like most people in the UK, Lawrence can’t wait for the summer and to spend time in the garden. He said: “I am planning on getting a sunshade and a BBQ so I can invite friends round when the weather warms up. I also can’t wait to get outside and do some gardening as I enjoy potting plants and seeing them grow.”

Tracy Kennell, Lawrence’s supported living team leader, said: “Lawrence is extremely happy in his new home and enjoyed choosing his own decor and furniture. When we went shopping for sofas he knew exactly what he wanted… and I knew he found the one, when he fell asleep while testing it!”

The charity has helped Lawrence in other ways too. He attends college three days a week and pots plants, places seeds in a tray, clears leaves from the floor and puts in a wheelbarrow and also plays musical instruments. He also enjoys playing skittles, pottery and pops into the office and shreds paper once a week. Lawrence loves music and whenever he is at home puts on his CD player.


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