Gary’s Story

Gary has a learning disability and lives at Look Ahead's Mary Jones Court Supported Housing Service. He has pursued his passion for running all over the world.

I live at Mary Jones Court, which is one of Look Ahead’s supported housing services for people who have a learning disability. It’s a good place to be. I’m really proud of the changes that I’ve made in my life since I first came.

My support workers at Mary Jones Court help me to lead an active life. I got a job during the pandemic working at a local café which was fun. That’s finished now, but I’ve also applied for a Litter Picker position at Tower Hamlets Council. I love working, but the best thing is, it means I can save up to do things that I like.

I had three dreams when I came to Look Ahead; to go to Disney in Florida, to go on a cruise, and to visit my hero Elvis’s grave in Graceland. I’ve ticked the Florida dream off my list! I’ve been on the cruise too. I’m saving for my trip to Graceland which will hopefully be in 2023.

I love holidays, so these aren’t the only places I’m going to! I’m going to Iceland and the Northern Lights in February which I’m looking forward to.

I’ve liked running all my life too. I’ve been all over the world completing marathons in Israel, Spain, the USA, and Canada. I raised money for the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research at the same time.

I’m really happy that my support workers encourage me to be independent and help me fulfil my dreams. Back in 2021 at the Look Ahead Customer Celebration, I won the Aspiration Award which recognises customers who have made change possible and inspired the people around them. It was an honour to be nominated and win; I was chuffed to bits that people in the service felt I was an inspiration to them too.