Smooth transition for music-loving friends


Katie (right) and Tammara

Beyoncé-loving best friends Tammara Allen and Katy Neil are taking to independent living like ducks to water. The pair recently moved to the Hook Lane supported living service, run by care provider Regard, from a residential college in Yeovil.

Said service manager Folahan Adebowale: “We thought it might a take a few weeks for the girls to settle down and get used to the challenge of looking after themselves but they’ve completely surprised us.

“They both settled in straight away and seem to be thriving in the communal atmosphere at Hook Lane. They enjoy being together listening to their DVDS and dancing to their favourite songs and doing cooking.

“They are really lively, bubbly friendly girls and are a delight to be around. They have made friends with everyone here and they make a really sociable group which is great to see.”

Katy is now attending Bromley College where she is studying music, living skills, performing arts and communication. Meanwhile, Tammara is set to attend Bexley Learning Centre with two other service users from the service.

She will study computer communication, song and dance, drama, Zumba fitness, exploring letters, pottery and decorative art.

The 22 year olds have spent the last three years at Lufton College in Yeovil, one of three colleges which form the Mencap National College. The move means they are now both closer to their families.

Hook Lane is a supported living service Supported living service for young people with learning disabilities and or autism in transition from residential college, foster care or the family home.

The Regard Group, which runs the service, has recently attained the Gold Standard at Investors in People, one of only four organisations in the sector to achieve the standard.

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