I started working with Harvey on 13 July 2016, and met Harvey and his Mum at home to discuss possible activities that he might enjoy. We discussed BF Adventure, Swimming, Mylor Sailability and Bodmin & Wendford Railway.
Harvey had not been in school at Doubletrees for some considerable time, and had not in the best place of mind due to various circumstances. At first, Harvey was not keen to access my car to go to activities. My first shift with Harvey was on 26 July 2016. I used PECs of his home, my car, activity of his choice and home to encourage Harvey to take part. Harvey was a little reluctant at first but soon warmed to the idea!
Initially we had activity trips to Bodmin &Wendford Railway which he really enjoyed as he is very fond of trains & particularly Thomas The Tank Engine.
In September 2016 Harvey returned to attending College three days a week, Monday to Wednesday followed by myself supporting Harvey both at The Sea Horse Pool, Pentewan Sands (swimming) on Thursdays and also Friday day sessions at BF Adventure, an activity day centre for children and young adults with special needs.
Initially, Harvey only wanted to access the allocated ‘Safe Room’ and was not interested in further exploring the various available activities on the site. With encouragement from myself and a designated BF Instructor, and through the use of PECs and verbal suggestions, Harvey gradually got more confidence to access some of the these activities including an activity rope and climbing area, a zip wire, woodland walks, table tennis, activity play equipment, an activity quarry and also a kayaking quarry. The trust built up between myself and Harvey enabled him to become gradually more sociable with this peer group and other instructors. Harvey continued to enjoy regular weekly visits to BF until July 2017. Harvey now attends Truro College on a full time basis and accesses HotS for weekend activities.
Over time Harvey has now accessed other activity sites including Granite Planet (indoor climbing centre), Water World, Newquay (swimming), Mylor Sailability (powerboating), Enterprise Boat trips from Truro to Falmouth, Pentewan Sands (swimming) and Lappa Valley Railway. Harvey has also enjoyed visiting various Cornish towns such as Falmouth, Looe, Fowey and Mevagissey for afternoon walks and refreshments.
Harvey now has a child membership with the Bodmin & Wendford Railway and enjoys regular visits there, socialising with all the staff with whom he has become a firm favourite with his great sense of fun and cheekiness!
I have now been working with Harvey for over a year, and since I began working with him I have noticed that he has become more and more confident in his surroundings and has been keener to explore more activities and places.
Today, Harvey is quite a different young man from the young lad I first met, and he is much more interested in exploring new activities and places of interest that he would not even of wished to go to twelve months ago.
Harvey is a great example how the experienced Support Workers of Heart of the South Care Agency have helped improve the lives of the individuals we support.
Pictures by kind permission of Harvey’s family.