28 April 2022

Chef, artist and handyman - Warren has many creative projects on the go in his supported living home.

Warren wearing a red polo, sunglasses and a helmet riding his bike on the road

Everyone has their own unique story to tell - today, meet Warren. 

Warren, a Yolgnu man from Milingimbi Island (Yurruwi) who now lives on Larrakia Country, has found a happy home with Life Without Barriers through Supported Independent Living.

Since moving into the home over two years ago, Warren has become a very popular and loved member of the Life Without Barriers community. 

Warren is social and outgoing and has formed many friendships with the other people he shares a home with, and with his support staff. Warren has also formed a particularly close friendship with Support Worker Sandar, pictured below.

Three people standing behind a birthday cake smiling

Sandar conducts weekly cooking classes at Supported Independent homes across Darwin. Warren loves to cook and enjoys making damper, cookies, noodles and ice cream in Sandar's wonderful classes.

Warren in a blue shirt cooking food on the stove

Outside of the kitchen, Warren is also a naturally talented artist. He enjoys regular trips to Darwin Community Arts where he takes drawing and painting classes, some of his work has even been displayed in public art exhibitions! Warren also enjoys expressing his creativity by listening to music and dancing.

When Warren puts this paintbrush and spatula down he is usually picking up a hammer of screwdriver and fancies himself as a bit of a handyman. Recently Warren needed a new desk, his support team purchased a DIY kit for him to construct. Warren embarked on this project with enthusiasm and was thrilled with his creation - we are all very impressed!

Warren in a blue shirt building a desk

Warren is a homebody at heart and loves looking after his space through projects like his DIY desk and helping out with domestic tasks around the house. In between all these hobbies and down time, Warren also loves seeing his sister who travels up regularly from Tennant Creek for catch-ups.

We are so happy that Warren has found a home with Life Without Barriers and it is wonderful to see his friendships grow and his creative talents flourish.

A persons' story is precious. We take story telling seriously. Sometimes people are able to tell their own story and we love that. Sometimes they ask us to tell their story for them. We always make sure they give us their ok and we will always honour the trust placed in us to bring their story forward.

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