Hopeful Families has held an event at The Shay Stadium in Halifax, to celebrate the achievements of our participants and highlight the excellent services offered by some of our specialist partners.
The day started with a opening from the Mayor of Calderdale, who expressed thanks for provisions like Hopeful Families that offer support to those who need it most. There were also attendees from service providers, local authorities, delivery partners and participants – around 100 people in all. After talking about the excellent performance the teams have achieved so far, we went on to watch some fantastic videos.
The first was about a group of men who have worked with our partner Primal, a health and fitness company. They went on to talk about how this course helped their social anxieties, got them out of the house and then transformed their health and mental wellbeing. Primal gave a heartfelt speech about the individuals in the group and how proud they were of how far they had come and what a genuine pleasure it had been to work with these people as part of Hopeful Families.
Our partners Noah’s Ark and Healthy Minds talked about how important their work is to our participants and their families. Debt counselling and money management is a key issue in the area and without the practical support from Noah’s Ark, a number of our customers would not have been able to get through their money worries. Counselling has also been a key area of need and Healthy Minds in particular has focused on young people and the impact within the wider family. Some of our families can now see a way forward with managing the mental health of the family, not just the adults, helping them move forward with their plans.
The remainder of our day focused on celebrating the success of some of our participants. There were difficult choices in choosing nominations, never mind winners, as all of our participants have come such a long way in their individual journeys!
Our winner for Biggest Transformation went to Sharif, a man who has faced many hardships, including abuse, and was told he would never work again. Through the support he received through Dominion Training, he felt supported, listened to and was able to see that he could still achieve his goals, despite what he had been led to believe. He went on to complete SIA training and get himself work in the security industry which is fantastic. His story is one of remarkable change and he is well deserving of the award.
The Most Dedicated winner, H, demonstrated how he stuck with his plans, despite often feeling demotivated, and with the help of his Family Mentor went on to change his complicated personal circumstances, start volunteering and then ultimately get a job with Yorkshire Childrens Centre, the partner who has supported his journey. He is now living independently, is looking for longer term work that he really enjoys and feels like he can do anything.
We also took the time to applaud the work done by our front line and back office staff who all put in so much effort to make this project a success. The customer facing staff do an excellent job of providing support and encouragement to our participants and of course our administration teams do a lot of the hard work to keep them focused and enable the work to continue.
A big thank you to everyone involved and to start preparing and planning for the next event in 2020!