Determined Luke Castle is looking forward to both a healthier and more independent life, thanks in part to the help of staff at Hightown Housing Association’s Stokebury House in Amersham.

Soon after he moved into his supported living flat in 2014, Luke began to make friends with other tenants and take part in the organised activities that are on offer.

Residents in Stokebury House, which has 16 purpose-built flats for people with different care needs, are supported by Hightown to live as independently as possible.

Within a few months Luke, who has Autism, organised his own birthday party including designing the invitations and buying all the food and drink for the communal lounge event.

More recently Luke, aged 29, has lost 23kgs (3st 7lbs) after he started weekly swimming sessions to help him lose weight and improve his wellbeing. This has not only lowered his cholesterol level, but has boosted his confidence and enabled him to reduce his medication.

Luke’s growing independence has meant he is able to get the bus to Aylesbury on his own to meet his family and is actively looking for employment. He has also applied for a passport and is looking forward to a trip abroad.

Now he has enough confidence to move out of Stokebury House and he will soon be settling into more independent living in Aylesbury, which will be nearer his family and friends.

Luke said: “I would like to thank all the staff who have supported me and been through thick and thin with me. I’ve really enjoyed taking up swimming, cooking and joining in all the activities here. I’ve been as independent as I could be and will carry this on in my new home.”

Dave Black, Director of Hightown’s Care and Supported Housing Services, said: “Our staff at Stokebury House aim to help residents to live as independently as possible and to reach their full potential. It’s been fantastic to see Luke grow in confidence, and I’m delighted he is now able to more onto more independent living.”