“I’ve come so far”
Grant is using our Enabling Services to build confidence and overcome anxiety – helping him to pursue a career with horses.
When Grant started working with our enabling team he had been living with anxiety and agoraphobia, which had left him housebound for five years. Grant has Asperger syndrome which is an autism spectrum condition and affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.
He worked with our support worker to gradually build-up confidence in being outside. Grant explains: “There had been various things that triggered my agoraphobia. I think one of them may have been being badly bullied at school. I bottled everything up. And the second thing was that I used to believe stuff that people said would happen which made me worry and become panicked and then I would have all these panic attacks.
“Before I used the enabling service I would struggle with going to places like down the road, or being in shops. It was a massive relief when I went to the end of the road at my old house because it took a lot of effort and a lot of time to get me that far. I was so happy because I had completed that goal. My support worker believed in me and encouraged me – saying that nothing was going to happen and everything was going to be fine. They helped me get over my anxiety.”
Now Grant uses our service to visit places in his local area to continue building his confidence with being outside. He’s also aiming to pursue a career looking after horses and is seeking work after gaining experience at a stable. He’s considering going back to college to take some short courses in equine studies.
Grant is going to continue using our enabling service to increase his comfort zone with being in busy places, and hopes to be able to visit a large shopping centre one day. But for now his interest in horses is a great source of comfort. He says: “The connection that I have with the horses is special because it helps with my anxiety.”