Since joining the Afford community, Mark has taken an avid interest in trying new activities and joined in many of our Getaways. He travelled to Disneyland in August 2017 and a Tasmania Cruise in November 2017. He loved Disneyland so much that he will be going back in August 2018.
His positive and energetic personality means that with the support of Afford’s Lifestyle Assistants, Mark has the confidence to try new things and take on new experiences in his travels.
The holidays were an eye-opener for Mark and it’s expanded his understanding of the world around him. The first time he travelled to Disneyland was an unforgettable experience for him, and was also his first time travelling overseas. The excitement of his first overseas flight, looking around and realising he was in America was such a thrilling experience, it’s still palpable to him.
“I loved travelling to Disneyland. It was a ten-year dream that I had and I had such a great time going on the rides, seeing the movie characters and having fun with my friends.”
The holidays were also a learning experience for Mark. He learnt so much about travel, how to pack his suitcase, remembering to take all essentials with him. He learnt about currencies and time zones. After seeing the homelessness in the U.S he says that he feels very fortunate to have food, to have a home and to have a job where he can earn money.
It’s astounding to see how much his confidence has grown. Mark has become so much more independent since he began travelling with Afford Getaways.
Mark gave a wonderful piece of advice for any other first time overseas travellers.
“Just do it, take a step and believe in yourself and follow your dreams and enjoy it.”
Over three years ago she joined the Afford community to work at our Marrickville ADE where she performs tasks such as packing and assisting on the production line.
Her natural go-getting attitude means that with the support of Afford Lifestyle Assistants, Linda has the confidence to try new things and take charge of her own plans for the future. So when she was introduced to Afford Getaways as a way to holiday with like-minded people while still having her support needs met, she knew that she would have the chance to extend her social networks with people her own age and to see different places that she wouldn’t otherwise have been able to visit.
Linda is one of the first to sign up for a new holiday or outing as listed in the Afford Getaways brochures and encourages others at her workplace to do the same.
To date, Linda has enjoyed a Moreton Island P&O Cruise and was able to experience her first holiday outside of New South Wales on a trip to Tasmania. With an Afford Lifestyle Assistant of her choosing accompanying her, Linda has the peace of mind that she will have the support she needs during her interstate travels. Her confidence has grown so drastically, that Linda is even beginning to set her eyes on some of Afford Getaways’ international holiday destinations.
“Give it a go, because you’ll never know what it’s like unless you go.” – Linda
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Afford was our savour after we had a bad time. Afford helped Steven get a job and some self esteem, something he really need! They have helped him in every way. He still goes to the Blacktown lifestyle centre.
I love my room here. I chose the colours myself. I also love my bike, my bed and my own TV. It’s my own space to be myself.
I will always be grateful to the Afford staff for all their help they gave me, and keep giving Luis (and me) following his transplant. It was an extremely stressful time and they worked with me to make sure that Luis’ health, his physical and emotional needs were met. For Luis, the opportunity to spend time with others and enjoy activities has really made a difference in his life.
Afford Liverpool are very persistent and helpful. They never gave up on me. I love my job. It’s really empowering to do something I enjoy, top build on my skills and it’s really boosted my confidence.
I loved travelling to Disneyland. It was a ten year dream that I had and I had such a great time going on the rides, seeing the movie characters and having fun with my friends.
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