Peter is a 54yr old gentleman with learning disabilities. Peter lives independently; he suffered with anxiety and mental heath breakdowns, had extremely poor personal hygiene, and had no contact with his family. Peter identified his biggest difficulty as being very lonely.
Peter began attending Sport for Confidence Boccia sessions. These activities enabled him to manage anxiety, increase social opportunities to begin to address personal hygiene issues through the use of the changing rooms, all within a mainstream leisure environment. Peter associated increased social interaction with an improvement in his personal hygiene and purchased new sports clothing, further increasing his sense of belonging.
Peter is now regularly attending the Boccia and cricket group independently. He has expressed an interest in swimming and will be supported by the leisure centre to learn to swim. Peter has also begun attending college two times a week, and has reconnected with his family.