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Will and Preferences being Heard

My name is Selina and I lived in a residential service for 25 years of my life. Over time, an advocate worked with me to understand how I communicate and to identify what I wanted (my will and preference), which was to live in the community. The advocate wrote on my behalf to the people who made decisions about me; expressing to them what I wanted, and supporting me to become involved in decision-making processes about my life.

I now live at home with an individualised service. I decide on my plan each week, which can change or be adjusted based on what I want on any given day. I now have a job in a local shop two mornings per week. I have become quite involved in my local community and I enjoy attending the local gym and swimming pool.