22-year-old enjoying independent life in Gayton, near King’s Lynn

Frankie Hannant at his new home: Picture submitted

Frankie Hannant at his new home: Picture submitted - Credit: Archant

A 22-year-old man from West Norfolk with mental health needs is being supported to live independently and dreaming of taking a life skills course at college and going on holiday.

Frankie Hannant moved into a new home created and run by care provider Regard, after children's services.

His home at Sail Close, Gayton is one of the first of a series of 'My Home' units where people can look after themselves and live independently. Regard is planning to open other similar facilities across the country.

Resembling individual bungalows, the units are completely self-contained.

Mr Hannant lacked living skills and originally had two staff to support him, but he has now developed the confidence to live independently.

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Gemma Watson, Regard care manager at Sail Close, said: 'Frankie has progressed in all aspects of his care needs and development, and has achieved so many things in different areas. He now attends college three days a week, without Sail Close staff, which is a fantastic achievement.'

The 22-year-old said: 'I enjoy my new home and the independence I have. I have progressed well in college and received good reports, and my goal is to take a life skills course this year at the College of West Anglia. I'm also going to Center Parcs for a holiday.'

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