"There is nothing like this anywhere else: it’s one of the few places I can be myself and do what I want to do"
For a young person with a life-limiting disability, the transition between adolescence and adulthood is fraught with difficulties. Finding a balance between the right care and the right setting is key to maximising independence, dignity, and emotional wellbeing.
Hassan Nazir was one of the first young people to use our teenage and young adult unit, Whitby Lodge. At 22, Hassan has had more hospital stays than he cares to count as well as periods of recuperation in a nursing home. Whilst children’s care is no longer appropriate, Hassan often feels equally out of place in adult facilities. Whitby Lodge offers him the opportunity to find his own space and live life to the full:
“A lot has changed at Martin House over the years, but Whitby Lodge has been the best thing that has happened for me. There is nothing like this anywhere else: it’s one of the few places I can be myself and do what I want to do. It sounds childish, but I get so excited the night before I can hardly sleep.”
At his last stay, Hassan transformed the Whitby Lodge courtyard into his own personal studio. With specialist paints and a little help from his motorised wheels, Hassan manoeuvred his way around the three-metre long canvas to create a piece of art worthy of the Tate Modern:
“I never really have any plans when I come to stay; I just see where the week takes me. I’ve made some of my best friends here, and I love having the chance to just hang out and have a laugh.”