I am a young man of 30 living in supported accommodation at The Grange in Bookham, Surrey. I need support because I have autism and the help I receive allows me to develop and grow into the independence I have always wanted and which I have now achieved.
When I first came to The Grange I lived in residential care where I learnt skills such as cooking and looking after my flat. Two years later I moved into supported living where I now take more responsibility over my own life because I have shown I can.
I am a person who prefers structure in my life and I have built that structure piece by piece. I have grown into someone who can get on the bus each morning, spend the day working with other people, then after work go home and let myself into my flat, with my own key, cook my own food and listen to music I like.
I have just got a paid job as a gardening assistant in Bookham and I do voluntary work at the Salvation Army sorting office in Leatherhead.
Ben Lue Young