Willow End Location
The Willow End Location consists of 3 houses, and 13 adults with support needs share their homes with 2 or 3 live-in volunteer support workers in each house. Others join the houses during the day to provide and coordinate support and assist life-sharing in the houses.
All of us, both living in, and those who have come to support, are passionate about living together and supporting each other in daily life and the way we relate to each other really matters to us.
We like being in each other’s company and contributing in our own unique ways to our Community. We enjoy creating our daily lives, going out together, sharing meals, meeting up for events and just helping each other. We like sharing our views and hearing what each of us has to say or wishes.
Whilst learning from each other and respecting our individual preferences, hopes and dreams, participating and feeling able to join in is at the heart of our neighbourhood.
I support Companions in their daily life and decisions, enabling them to have as much choice and control as possible. I am proud of having this role. I contribute to make their life purposeful and I may be tired by the end of the day but they do give back so much to me. I would never work anywhere else. The Lantern is a lovely place to work.
The Lantern Community is a great place and I have had an amazing year here. All the people here are accepting, nice, friendly and always there to help you. I really enjoyed living and working in Dell Cottage and Dell House. I learned so much from the community life; it helped me to grow because I had a lot of responsibility for the Companions and the house.