Ellie embraces independence at Bradbury Gardens
Ellie Westcott is a young woman who knows her own mind.
When she completed her three years of education and personal development at National Star, she wanted to be as independent as possible and have her own place.
Thanks to National Star’s long–term accommodation, Ellie is doing just that and has moved into her own flat at National Star’s Bradbury Gardens in Cheltenham. Ellie studied Creative and Performing Arts at college.
Now she goes to a mainstream college, Gloucestershire College, three days a week, something she thinks she could not have managed if not first attending National Star.
‘Going to National Star has made me more confident. Bradbury Gardens is now my home. When I moved into the flat I was able to personalise my room.’
That means her room is a vivid pink – one of Ellie’s favourite colours.
The 23–year–old, who has cerebral palsy and uses a chair, doesn’t consider herself having disabilities and is determined to overcome any barriers that get in her way. ‘My brain isn’t affected. I’m just in a wheelchair. I don’t really see myself as being a person with disabilities.’
It was important for Ellie to access physiotherapy and aquatherapy after she finished college. She is able to come to the Ullenwood campus for weekly therapy sessions. Ellie also accesses National Star’s team of psychology and behavioural support specialists.
‘Ellie has a wonderful flat and excellent support,’ says her father Michael. ‘Since going to National Star she has become much more self–confident. She is much more able to express herself and to tell staff about what she wants, what she needs and how she wants to live her life.’