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L&Q Living resident fulfills glacier walking dream

A crucial part of providing care and support to vulnerable people is making sure those we help are supported to achieve their dreams. Aidan Rugeley, a resident with physical and learning disabilities was able to live out his dream of walking on the glaciers in Iceland, thanks to the expert care of his L&Q Living support workers.

L&Q Living is the supported housing subsidiary of the L&Q group. The subsidiary provides accommodation and support for older people, adults with learning disabilities, with mental health needs and young people across London and the South East. Barnes Court is one of their 6,667 supported units, and provides support to people with learning disabilities.

Aidan’s multiple care needs meant the trip had to be carefully planned around his treatment. The staff at Barnes Court worked with his family, his GP and the staff at Addenbrooke’s hospital  to make sure Aidan’s health needs could be catered for on his once in a lifetime trip.

On Saturday 13 May, with support from Senior Support Worker Barbara Reseigh, adventurous Aidan proudly walked the glaciers, and explored ice caves. Speaking of his life-changing trip, Aidan said “It was the best time of my life and I’d like to thank the staff at Barnes Court for making my dream come true. “

Barbara Reseigh, senior support worker at Barnes Court said “Aidan requires treatment three times a week and we needed to make sure his health wouldn’t be impacted by the trip. We undertook extensive research, risk assessments, spoke with healthcare professionals and most importantly worked with Aidan and his family to make sure the trip would be safe and enjoyable. I’m proud to be able to help Aidan and the residents of Barnes Court achieve extraordinary things.”

The trip has only increased Aidan’s wanderlust and he’s already thinking about his next exciting adventure. “I am looking forward to going back [to Iceland] some time but I’d also like to do more travelling around the world and hope that staff at Barnes court can help me make that happen”

L&Q Living, provides people like Aidan personalised support for an independent life. You can find more information about L&Q Living here