When Celia was asked what was important to her she replied “My Diabetes”. It was clear that she is both passionate about understanding her condition and she is also very clear on what is important for her which is what support she needs from staff.
The surprise came when she was asked what she would like to happen in her life that isn’t happening at the moment.
The film shows that Celia has a clear vision of the relationship she would like to have. Relationships are key to our wellbeing but often the people we support have no other relationships that with their staff and their housemates. While loneliness has received a great deal of media attention recently with a focus on older people, how many of the people we support experience loneliness? Do we ask ourselves this question or support people to develop relationships or are we afraid of getting it wrong so do nothing?
In Celia’s case she has staff who are aware of her goal and are supporting her to achieve it. Celia’s support worker explains:
“Celia is supported to go out and about and to join lots of clubs. These include Speak Easy and walking basketball. These groups include a wide variety of people and increase her chances of meeting new people and forming relationships.”