About Down's Syndrome : Joe

Joe is one of our very talented WorkFit candidates and one of our DSActive athletes! He has recently had a claim to fame as he was one of that stars of Channel 4’s documentary ‘Home Free’ with his girlfriend, Anna.

What is Home Free? Home Free follows a group of young people with learning disabilities who are leaving home for the first time, moving into supported living apartments that offer the chance of independent living

He recently wrote a blog for us talking about his life including, his relationship, his work and his hobbies…


Hi, my name is Joe, I am 27 years old. I still live with my mum and dad but I want to live with my girlfriend. We met at Derwen College 5 and a half years ago. We see each other a few times a week.

I was in a T.V. programme called ‘Home Free’ with my girlfriend, it was good fun. We stayed in a flat 2 nights a week to see how we got on. It was brilliant. We can’t use the flat now.

I play football every week with Everton FC, we all have Down’s syndrome. I go to a swimming club every Thursday with my girlfriend. I support Liverpool. I love watching them at Anfield.

I have a job in a restaurant two days a week. I collect ice for the bar, pull pints, clear tables and serve customers. One day a week I work at a community garden. I help chop logs, mow grass, make paths, grow vegetables, and play with the cat.

I like to be busy and active.

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