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Norwood - Enabling families to thrive: Wayne & Jake

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Moving your child into supported living can be a heart-breaking prospect for any parent. For Wayne and his son Jake, this is no exception.

Twenty-five-year-old Jake has autism and is non-verbal. As his father Wayne says: “Imagine you have been picked up and put on another planet. That’s what it’s like for Jake.”

Any challenges that Jake faces, the whole family face, and this can place a huge pressure on all of them. Choosing the right home for Jake was paramount, as was ensuring the people caring for him would understand and support both his physical and emotional needs, while allowing Jake to thrive and live as independent a life as possible.

When it all became too much, the family turned to Norwood.

Norwood is one of the UK's largest Jewish charities. It provides a lifeline for families in crisis and lifelong support for people with learning challenges. By combining these two distinct but often connected services, Norwood today provides a priceless safety net for both the Jewish and the wider community.

In this powerful film, we find out why Jake’s move into supported living, helped by Norwood, was the best thing his family could have done.

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