Determination and Desire – Mr S’s story

When Mr S first came to Hopeful Families, he had housing debt and health conditions consisting of anxiety, depression and high blood pressure. He was unclear at the start of the programme what direction to take with regard to progressing towards or into work.

Mr S’s living accommodation at the time of joining was in sheltered housing and shared accommodation. This was causing his anxiety and depression.

He was also not eating well and this was resulting in him gaining weight.

Mr S was referred to NHS Live Well for his anxiety and depression. He completed the assessment and was referred to Turning Point for Talking Therapies. He was also assessed on his physical health and was eligible to get free membership for three months at a Gym. He has found that his has helped him both mentally and physically.

He was referred to his GP with regard to his high blood pressure and was offered Statins to help to control his blood pressure. Mr S declined and felt that if he started to eat more healthily and take up exercise, this would help with regard to his blood pressure. He is now improving his diet and eating healthier foods.

Mr S was successfully relocated by the housing association and this had an impact on improving his mental health. He now feels more settled and safe in his accommodation.

He became interested in looking at a mentoring role to work with vulnerable people. From this he was referred to Turning Point to undertake the level 2 Peer Mentoring course to give him some knowledge and insight into Peer Mentoring. He has successfully completed and passed.

Mr S has made some excellent progress since being on the programme. He has overcome barriers that were causing him poor mental health, lack of direction and confidence.

Since relocating and feeling safe in his accommodation and getting the support from Turning Point which lead him to look at what career he wanted, he is making a career change for the future by looking at Mentoring positions.

He worked hard and passing his level 2 Peer Mentoring has given him the first step on the ladder to be able to apply for Peer Mentoring positions. This will be enhanced by him undertaking voluntary work with Turning Point and working with their service users.

I am sure with Mr S’s determination and desire to work with vulnerable people in a mentoring role, he will achieve his ultimate goal.