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Support to live the life I choose

May 17, 2018 ENABLE Scotland Blog Kirstin Taylor

My name is Kirstin Taylor. I live in Edinburgh and I’m supported by ENABLE Scotland.

Over the last year or so, I’ve really been on a journey. There was a time when I wouldn’t leave the house, didn’t want to think about the future and couldn’t imagine living in my own home or getting a job.

But my life has changed through Self-directed Support.

Last year, I began discussing my support arrangements with my ENABLE Scotland team in Edinburgh. Through our conversations, it became clear that I needed more support than I had at the time, so together we began looking at my support budget and discussed my options.

Soon after, I moved into my own flat and started taking steps towards travelling independently.

But it’s the skills I’ve developed since then that are truly beyond anything I’d expected.

I signed up to a cake decorating course in Airdrie, and loved it so much I’ve now become a bit of a star baker!

As it’s a bit of a distance from where I live, at first I had to be supported to go to the class by train. But now I travel there and back myself. I’ve been able to make friends and my confidence has really increased.

I also go to bounce trampoline class and aqua zumba at the health club, and I’ve made friends with someone in the class who gives me a lift home.

I’ve had some amazing opportunities to support ENABLE Scotland’s fundraising team presenting at quiz nights with corporate partners, canvassing support for Charity of the Year status with major companies, and even co-hosting the ENABLE Scotland Ball for 400 guests in February alongside Fred MacAulay, Jane McCarry and Grant Stott!

I now deliver Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) training to the local Edinburgh services team – something I really believe in, but wouldn’t have dreamt of doing 12 months ago – and will soon be starting a new paid job with the team as an Administrative Assistant!

It’s great being able to do this stuff on my own. Self-directed Support through my ENABLE Scotland services team has made such a difference to me.

These days, life is good!

Kirstin Taylor is a member of ENABLE Scotland’s Edinburgh ACE Group

 

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