Finding feet for healthy change

BUILDING INDEPENDENCE: With help from Braydan, Glen can learn how to do things himself.

BUILDING INDEPENDENCE: With help from Braydan, Glen can learn how to do things himself.

Moving into supported accommodation has been a healthy change for one Challenge Community Services client, who is finding his feet, and friendship, through fitness.

Glen recently moved to his new home where he is living in supported accommodation run by Challenge Disability Services and funded with his NDIS budget.

While he works with a few of Challenge support workers, Glen shares a particular bond with Braydan Chong: a love for the gym.

“Our relationship has developed really well, Glen trusts me and he knows I think about his best interests,” Braydan said. “It’s all brand new for both of us so it is good to have a mutual interest in exercise that we can bond over, especially when it is something we are both quite passionate about.”

The pair can often be found exercising, meal planning, shopping for healthy food, or learning a new recipe.

Each week, Braydan helps Glen to make a clean-eating meal plan so he can learn to budget and eat properly.

“Now when he gets groceries, Glen now has a shopping list to remind him of his plan and budget rather than just grabbing what he wants,” Braydan said.

There are online resources you can use to make decisions about your living arrangements and your NDIS Plan can include supported independent living funding like Glen has used for his new accommodation.

According to Glen, living in supported accommodation allows him to pursue his interests and career goals.

“The house is really nice, I like all of it. It’s very comfortable. Braydan takes me where I want to go, like shopping or to the gym, and we go for drives,” Glen said

Glen recently signed up at a local job network and is hoping to find work as a cleaner. He is also able to use his NDIS budget to pay for Braydan to accompany him on holidays, supporting him to travel independently wherever he wishes to go.  

To help you make decisions about your future after school, Challenge has gathered a selection of useful websites in their new ebook, Resources to Help Navigate Life After School.