Norwood is there every step of the way

26 July 2021

How Norwood has supported Jeremy’s transition to adulthood and allowed him to live a full life

Jeremy has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and profound learning difficulties, as well as a range of other complex conditions. He cannot walk or talk for himself and will require lifelong one-to-one care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Jeremy’s dad Laurence says of the role Norwood plays in Jeremy’s care: ’No matter how hard you try, there are some things you are just not equipped to provide. We needed people who would understand, love and nurture him. That’s Norwood through and through.’

When Jeremy was 19, Norwood supported him in transitioning from his childhood home to Norwood’s adult residential services. There he has been supported to thrive and achieve his goals. One of these goals was to participate in a Norwood cycling challenge, which saw him riding tandem on a bike with his dad over 160 miles, through four Central European countries in three days.

Laurence says: ‘Although he can’t communicate by conventional means, his loved ones have learned to interpret his gestures – a brief glance, a vocalised sound or movement – which indicate how he’s thinking or feeling.’

His parents believe that if Laurence could express his emotions verbally, he’d say: ‘I want to give something back to the people who look after me and, I hope, will do so after mum and dad have gone. It’s important to show what Norwood means to me. Many 20-somethings are contributing to society and I want to as well.’

Jeremy’s parents continue to visit him weekly and are grateful for the opportunities that Norwood provides for Jeremy to take his rightful place in society, engaging and contributing to his wider community.

‘I used to feel guilty every time we left him. Gradually, I saw how much Norwood cares for him,’ says Laurence. ‘He is given all the opportunities that we, as parents, would want him to have.’

‘I can trust Norwood to look after Jeremy at least as well as I can as a parent,’ adds Liz.

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