Rory* is a young man who has an acquired brain injury and epilepsy, following a recent road traffic accident.
Before the accident he lived in his own home with his girlfriend and 3 year old daughter. However, the accident had significantly changed his personality and he was now frequently violent and aggressive, both towards his property and his girlfriend.
His girlfriend took on the caring role but Rory was left feeling angry about the accident and the support he now needed. After one violent incident in a local restaurant, his girlfriend said she could no longer cope and contacted social services. Rory was referred to Young Prospects, our dedicated young people’s service in Redhill, for an emergency short-term placement.
At first, Rory was not comfortable with living alongside people with support needs as he did not recognise that he needed support himself. He spent a lot of time alone in his room, only going out to meet his girlfriend and daughter every couple of days. Staff gave him time to settle in and over time Rory started to engage with staff and other young people staying there.
We arranged for him to have a full assessment of needs and helped him gain an understanding of his epilepsy and how with medication, many people lived with epilepsy and were able to manage their condition.
Support staff helped him apply for benefits and supported his girlfriend to have her own housing and welfare benefits, so both felt in control of their own finances.
Over time, Rory opened up to support staff and told them that just before the incident in the restaurant, one of his friends had contacted him to ask him to get together, but Rory had not met him. Rory later found out that his friend had committed suicide and he was blaming himself for not having made time to see him. Support staff talked this through with him and ensured his Care Manager was aware of his emotional vulnerability and arranged for him to have counselling to talk through how he was feeling.
Rory has now moved to Young Prospects Transition Service (just upstairs from his short break accommodation) where he can stay for up to 2 years, gaining skills for independent living. He has his own room and shares the kitchen and lounge with other young people who are preparing for independence. He manages his own medication and has learnt to control his emotions and violent outbursts.
Rory goes out independently, though he tells us where he is going so we can ensure he remains safe. Rory and his girlfriend have been given the space to maintain their relationship and he loves spending time with her and his young daughter.
* Name has been changed