2023 Round up of Learning Disability achievements at Ambient

With 2023 coming to an end, we want to highlight four inspirational stories of the people we support across our Learning Disability services at Ambient.  

Vicky Morris, Head of Quality at Ambient Support, says:   

“At Ambient, we recognise the importance of providing person-centered and active support which allows individuals to gain new skills, increase their confidence and take control of their lives, becoming valued and contributing members of society.  

“These heart-warming stories are incredibly inspirational and are clear examples of how giving the right support at the right time ensures the individuals we support can live life as they wish to. I would like to congratulate Darren, Michael, Richard and Chris for their determination, hard work and courage and their support workers for going above and beyond and providing essential support to help them achieve their aims.”   

Darren’s Volunteer Work

Darren has always loved motorbikes. His favourite bike is a Kawasaki Ninja and he’s even met his idol, John McGuiness a Tourist Trophy races (TT) rider. When Darren first moved to Ambient’s supported living service for Learning Disability in Staffordshire, his supported living service.

Darren, a man with learning diabilities supported by ambient, is volunteering at his local mechanic garage

Read Darren’s full story here.

Michael’s Autism is his Superpower

Michael, 44 and from Norwich, was diagnosed with Autism in 2012 and in 2015 started supporting nonspeaking individuals at Autism Anglia. He began training with Ambient in 2022 and was mentored by Team Leader, Sarah Green, who helped him to qualify. Sarah says:

“We look at Michael’s Autism as his superpower – he can relate to, understand, and connect with the people we support from a unique perspective. You only get this deep understanding if you’re able to support people with disabilities in the workplace. It helps that Michael is very open and honest about his Autism. He can communicate well about what he needs, and it allows us to support him better.” 

Read Michael’s full story here.

Read our interview with Michael here.

Chris Walks The Wash

Chris, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), lives in supported living accommodation in Lincolnshire and took two years to walk the Wash to raise awareness of Autism and to promote the Wash becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chris, age 51, completed his 42-mile challenge in small 3-to-4-mile sections to overcome logistical obstacles and fitness limitations such as Chris’ asthma. He was supported throughout his journey by his Support Workers and team leader Kim Wainwright, from an Ambient Support’s Learning Disability Service in Lincolnshire.  

Read Chris’ full story here.

Richard’s Art

Richard, who has Down’s Syndrome, created a football shield using hundreds of tiny beads to celebrate his beloved Norwich City Football Club and to raise awareness of the benefits of using art to promote wellbeing. Richard lives in a supported living service and took many hours to make the piece which features Norwich City’s famous ‘Canary’ – he wanted to share his love of art to encourage others in the Learning Disability community to take up the hobby. Richard, who turns 65 in December, has been supported by Ambient since 2009 and has attended a day service three days a week for 15 years at Norfolk and Norwich SEND Association (NANSA). The organisations work in partnership to ensure that Richard’s love of art is nurtured and developed and he spends up to 18 hours a week working on his art at the day service, which helps Richard’s wellbeing and mental health. 

Read Richard’s full story here.


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