The staff referred me to RichmondPRA and my HASI support worker, Margaret, found me a place to live where I could learn to be independent. The hospital worked with RichmondPRA and between them, helped me find me an apartment in Queanbeyan where I was supported by RichmondPRA.
I now live in a 2-bedroom townhouse and I like it better. It’s bigger, cleaner, nicer. I get drop in support every day – staff help me with my medication and support me to get to work and study. Another great thing about my townhouse: I have a backyard. I need to get the lawn mowed as soon as I can. I’ve got to hoe it and get dirt and compost in there, so I can grow things. I want to grow flowers, vegetables and bushes. I especially love big red roses, yellow and purple tulips and carnations in pink, white and mauve tones.
I see mum occasionally – I can see her whenever I want. Mum and I have dinner together and sometimes we order dinner in. My support workers have helped me set my goals. I’m more independent now. I like paying my own rent and buying my own food. There’s no problem with that. I’m going to Aquarobics with Angie – we have classes at our local swimming centre where we’ve got an indoor and outdoor pool. It’s pretty cold so I’m glad the class is in the indoor pool.
I work in the Work Incentive Program at the Richmond PRA office and go to TAFE 3 days a week. I plan to finish my year 10 (equivalent) at the end of this year. It’s good but it’s hard. My favourite subject is English – I like reading horror stories and I’d maybe like to write them one day. I want to do Year 11 and 12 and a certificate in Business Administration afterwards. I’d like to get a fulltime or part-time job in an office but right now, I want to keep on working casually at the RichmondPRA office.