A Woking man with serious learning and developmental difficulties has not had adequate support in the 20 years since he left school, according to his father. Stephen Goodger, 68, says his son, Tom, 36, has fallen through the cracks of the adult social care system and that he would struggle to cope if Stephen was no longer around.
While a student at Winston Churchill School more than 20 years ago, Tom was assessed by an educational psychologist and diagnosed with two conditions: dyspraxia, which affects physical coordination, and dyscalculia, which impairs his ability to work with numbers. The latter is a particular problem because it means Tom has serious difficulty in budgeting and managing his finances.
Since leaving school with no qualifications, Tom has tried a few jobs but couldn't do them and has been essentially unemployed for the vast majority of his time since leaving school. With Stephen's help he has bought a partial ownership stake in a flat in Goldsworth Park in recent years, where he lives alone, but in recent times his physical and mental health have deteriorated.