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Amy is supported to develop new skills. Every day is busy for Amy.

Amy, who is registered blind, has plenty of opportunity to pursue her own interests and goals at Tulip Gardens in Northfield, a residential home run by New Outlook.

She enjoys listening to her favourite radio shows, knitting and enjoying Braille and Talking Books. Amy explains: “I love getting new books from the library. I enjoy reading all kinds of things. I also like watching TV and listening to the radio. It’s a good way to relax and I enjoy spending a bit of quiet time on my own.”

But living at Tulip Gardens also enables Amy to develop some of the skills which don’t come as naturally to her.

Staff are able to encourage and assist Amy to access her local community and mix with her peers at the purpose-built accommodation for people with multiple disabilities.

Tulip Gardens has its own activity room equipped with adapted IT and Wii equipment, entertainment and art and craft materials and the spacious communal facilities include a large lounge and separate dining room.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a variety of specialist aids and adaptations and Amy also participates in daily living skills, such as helping to prepare drinks and meals, as well as taking responsibility for her own bedroom.

In addition, Tulip Gardens has its own specially designed sensory garden, as well as a multi-sensory quiet and relaxation room available to all residents.

Community-based activities enjoyed by residents from Tulip gardens include floristry, cookery, arts and crafts, numeracy and literacy, adult education, IT, and even foreign language courses.

Amy adds “The support I get from the staff at Tulip Gardens means a great deal to me. It is very reassuring to know that help is there whenever I need it.”

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