For Ahmad, each day is a new chance to achieve something he never thought possible.
A participant with genU, Ahmad attends group activities and receives one-on-one support to access his community. Twice a week he visits the Wyndham Park Community Shed, enjoying both the woodwork and bikes program.
“I’m the happiest person ever,” Ahmad boasts.
“It makes my day when doing woodwork. It’s my favourite thing ever.”
Mondays are a particular favourite for Ahmad, when he explores Melbourne with his support worker. “I love Mondays because I get to go to places I’ve never been before in my life,” Ahmad explains.
“I’ve achieved goals like learning how to get to St Kilda and Prahran on public transport, which I can now do on my own.”
This independence and sense of achievement has been a defining moment for Ahmad this year and the pride with which he tells his story is evident through his beaming smile.
“The number one best this was to learn to go to St Kilda. How good am I?! I wasn’t scared, I had the guts to do it. Can you believe it?”
Other goals Ahmad has achieved through genU’s support program have been the opportunity to meet a supermodel, meet a Geelong Cats player (and not just anyone – 2016 Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield!) and catch a tram for the first time.