With some staff encouragement, and through pushing myself, I began joining in with the service’s activities and made friends with some of the other residents.
I developed a very strong friendship with one of the residents, who helped me to develop my independence. We’d go out into the local community, like shopping in town and going for coffee.
Staff supported me to develop my independence further by encouraging me to bake desserts for our Sunday dinners, as well as baking my famous Christmas cake!
When the idea of moving into less supported accommodation was mentioned to me, I surprised myself in that I was willing to have a look at the service they were suggesting. I always thought I’d be against moving on from Lindsay House, but I was shown around Rethink Mental Illness’s Selsey House and I liked it.
I made the decision I wanted to go ahead with the move but then COVID-19 struck, and I was stuck at Lindsay House for an additional 4 months. In this period, staff at Lindsay House helped to keep my spirits up, even though my move-in date was unknown for a long while.
Then, moving day came! I was very excited, but also extremely nervous. It didn’t take me long to settle in. Staff were really supportive; helping me unpack, sort out my bedroom, introducing me to other residents at the service.
Over time, I began to feel more settled and it began to feel like home again. I joined in with activities organised by the staff, such as a weekend trip to Blackpool and communal meals with other residents.