Nat – Resident at Park Way, Knaresborough
Nat, who is originally from Birmingham, has called Park Way home for ten years. He likes the house because it gives him independence, a community of friendly neighbours, and his own space. Nat has Bardet-Biedl Syndrome; this is a rare genetic condition that produces many physiological and developmental effects, including vision loss, which means Nat has only a perception of light and is registered blind.
Henshaws Society for Blind People, which has a branch in Harrogate, provides Nat with an extensive range of social activities, from parties to crafts. The Society also enables him to follow his passion of singing; he is a member of a group who write their own songs. Nat is one of the most active and independent of Homes Together’s service users and is out of the house most days; he even attends weekly scuba diving classes, which are run by Scuba Diving for All in Ripon.
As well as getting out and about, Nat loves to spend time with his friends, whether staff or fellow service users. These include Fiona, a resident at Caxton Lodge in Ripon, with whom he enjoys venturing to the pub on some Sundays for a catch-up and a drink.