David has lived in Eastbourne all his life and is an active member of the local Special Olympics Group, with the standing long jump and 100m being favourite events. He attends the Bourne Free youth club, goes 10-pin bowling every week, and trains and takes part in football competitions with the Albion in the Community Special Needs Football. At the weekend he’s a familiar face at Eastbourne Borough Football Club with his dad Cliff. They rarely miss a game.
David works several hours a week at Cavendish Bakery in the town centre, which is owned by his brother Mark. He learned how to travel safely and independently to and from work by the bus thanks to travel training and, since starting work he has grown immeasurably in confidence and clearly gains a huge amount of pride and enjoyment from being part of a team. David likes have a clear task list, methodically and meticulously going through his responsibilities. His colleagues say “David’s definitely fun to have around, he can be trusted to get on with his jobs with a little supervision and often brings out the best in all of us.”
According to his parents, Maureen & Cliff, “We think the JPK Project could offer suitable accommodation for David, providing an environment that will allow him to further his independence, especially as it’s situated on a bus route. It means he’ll be able to continue to travel independently to and from the bakery.”
We think he could also benefit considerably from having friends at the Project who he can socialise with. Although it will be a massive change for him, with his growing confidence we do feel he’s ready to move on and remaining in Eastbourne will enable him to continue with all his interests, his work, and still have his family nearby to whom he’s very close.”