Adam’s Adam's StoryStory

Our Family Advice Service provide the right advice to allow parents make the best choices for their disabled child, providing information and advice on financial matters, education, health and emotional support. The team recently supported Yasmin and her family. 

Adam has Epilepsy and Angelman’s Syndrome a genetic condition that affects the nervous system and causes delayed development and seizures. His needs are severe and complex, which affects his cognition and learning, communication, interaction and his mobility.

Yasmin who is a single parent with little family support  had recently moved into the local area. When the family moved, the local authority recovered all the specialist equipment, including Adam’s bed and this resulted in Adam sleeping on the floor. Yasmin’s first language is not English and found the move very unsettling and over whelming. The family were in crisis and were in desperate need for not only specialist equipment for Adam but also help settling into the new area and finding schools.

Luckily, Home Start alerted Beams to the family’s situation and the team quickly got to work supporting Yasmin, including securing schools for Adam’s siblings, help with household bills and paperwork. 

Adam has been attending overnight respite 1-1 care at Dragon’s Retreat 2 days a month, which has allowed Yasmin quality time with her daughters’ safe in the knowledge that Adam is being cared for.

Yasmin is so grateful for all the help she has received from Beams and knows that her family is in a much better position now,

“Everyone at Beams was so quick to understand my situation and the help I needed. They knew what I was going through and I do not know how I can thank them enough for everything they have done. They have made our lives so much better”

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