A man – let’s call him James – lives with multiple disabilities. When frustrated or anxious he often became aggressive or violent. He was evicted from a number of low budget hostels and placed in lockup facilities for people who are a risk to others.

With his consent, we organised a voluntary circle of support to look at ways of improving his life opportunities. Some people in the circle contributed for a few months by assisting him and taking him out to places, and one man has made a long term commitment to James. We have also advocated at high levels of government for James. He is now out of the lockup facility, has funded supports and is living in an independent unit. His ally from the circle of support still spends regular time with him, catching up and going out to community events.

James’ life opportunities have been significantly increased by a combination of funded supports, having his own accommodation and having some freely given community relationships.