Case study: Emily finds a home
Emily moved in with us as she had trouble with her housing but it was a really big deal for her as she was struggling physically and mentally.
Emily said she really liked that we helped her even when she ‘messed up and made bad choices’.
We helped her start college and went with her on her first day. We are thrilled that Emily stuck at it and completed her course. Emily loved all the fun activities, such as decorating the house at Christmas and cooking dinner together, she also said that it was really nice to know that people actually cared and understood that Christmas could be a hard time for some.
We helped Emily bid on a property and kept reminding her that she was ready for this, that she would be an amazing tenant and could do this. We helped with budgets and went viewing with her and helped her move in to her own flat. It was brilliant for all of us when Emily finally got her own place.
Case study: Jack
Jack was constantly missing and people were always looking for him, his life was chaotic, he had no routine and knew that he needed a change. He moved in with us and at first struggled but within a month he was no longer being reported as missing and was happy to stay in.
We talked, Jack joined in activities and figured out what he wanted to do. We worked together for many weeks and eventually Jack learned to trust the staff, and together Jack was then able to identify triggers when he may struggle.
We cooked and went to medical appointments together and were there for emotional support day and night, we also had fun and laughed a lot. It has been over a year since Jack self-harmed, he has worked with other agencies and gained many skills to help him live independently and gain employment. He said the path to independent living is not something most young people have to think about when.
Case study: Alan
Alan was referred to us for support as his mental and physical health meant he was not in control of his behaviours and this was causing distress for others. His isolating meant he would not let health and safety visits go ahead which put his housing at risk. We found out that Alan wanted to move from his property as he felt really isolated and was not able to manage the garden and felt let down that he had not been helped.
We worked with a number of other agencies to sort out the garden and the house to help Alan prepare for moving and to help his secure new accommodation. Alans’ psychiatrist said this was the first time that Alan had engaged so positively with people. The house was deep cleaned to make it habitable for Alan whilst he waited for new property, and he was eligible for some emergency grants which helped him purchase a new bed and cooker.
Alan feels really positive about his future and that he was being helped.
Case study: Claire
Claire was referred as an adult survivor of child sexual abuse, we worked together for 8 sessions. Claire said she was not believed as a child and her pain became a silent heavy burden to carry alone, the first time she spoke about this was during our sessions.
Claire felt worth-less and deferred to everyone in her life but quickly recognised she was not to blame for her abuse or subsequent experiences and said she felt like a heavy weight had been lifted off her shoulder.
Claire realised that she needed to be honest with herself and then do that with others, be more understanding of herself. She reported that she was sleeping soundly, felt much lighter and serene. She was able to say no and felt assertive. Claire realised she could never change her past but could change how she saw herself and respected herself.
I am a different person, I worry less, I know who I want to be and I have the power to change who I am, I liberated myself.
Case study: Freda
Freda wanted to know about a power of attorney, her mother’s health had deteriorated and she was worried about her mum’s mortgage and how she would continue to live. The advisor talked about two types of power of attorney and how such power can be granted and what forms needed to be completed and who would need to sign them.
We advised to contact the mortgage provider and then went on to discuss credits and other allowances and how caring for her mother was impacting on her own job. The advisor suggested looking at a carer’s allowance, the criteria and how to apply and also talked about Age UK and Admiral Nurses. Freda was so thankful to have someone to speak to and to get the information she needed.