Martin was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis several years ago, forcing him into early retirement and making it increasingly difficult for him to get out of his home independently due to his physical disabilities and periods of depression. He was referred to Community Connections Lewisham by Adult Social Services in order to find stimulating activities where he could make friends and get some space from his family and home environment.

Since engaging with our service, he has become an active member of Rushey Green Time Bank, enabling him to share his skills and interests and benefit from the skills of fellow members. This provides a great opportunity for making friends, both in a 1:1 setting and through group activities such as a weekly Arts & Crafts group in Bellingham.

We also helped Martin and his family to complete application forms for subsidised transport services including Taxicard and Dial-A-Ride, making his journeys to and from groups more simple and affordable.

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