I feel empowered to go further! – Liam’s story

Liam is 28 and lives with his fiancée in a house they are buying together in Dewsbury. He has a congenital hand disorder which means that his left hand has a thumb, little finger and 3 stumps. He manages very well with every day life such as using cutlery, writing, playing sports and so on.  He trained and qualified as Nurse in 2016.

Liam previously worked as an Operating Theatre Technician at Pinderfields hospital in Wakefield. He liked the job but in September 2017, he had a fall whilst playing football and broke his ankle. He had an operation but due to the position of the break, they could not fully repair it.

As a result he was in constant pain and was given Morphine and Codeine to manage the pain. He was away from work for six months. On his return, he continued to take Morphine and Codeine which had an impact on his performance in work.

After a number of issues, he had a meeting with hospital managers who suggested he ended his employment contract on medical grounds which he agreed to.

In an attempt to be free from pain relief, Liam spent 21 days in detox clinic and three months in residential rehabilitation. He has now abstained from taking any pain relief medication for four and a half months.

Liam then started attending session at CHART rehabilitation centre to support him. He has done so well, he now been signed off by them and volunteers at CHART in their group support sessions.

Liam decided he wanted to make more changes to his life so came to see the Hopeful Families Family Mentor. He was struggling with lack of confidence, self-esteem and felt no-one would want to employ him.

Liam wanted to give something back to the service that had helped him and was keen to train as a support worker for addicts. His Family Mentor suggested Liam attend the Ll Health and Social care course at BJH Huddersfield to enhance his knowledge and enable him to train as a support worker on a level 2 Health and Social Care course.

Liam has now completed his course and is awaiting the results. He says he has enjoyed the course and learnt new things. He is now looking for further training either at a college or online. Liam would like to do level 3 Health and social care or a Mentor course.

Liam says his self-confidence and self-esteem has greatly improved since been on the Hopeful family’s programme. He now feels empowered to go onto further training to enable him to reach his goal of being an employed support worker.

Liam says “I feel really grateful for the help, advice and support that I have received from the Family Mentor and would recommend Hopeful Families to anyone requiring help when unemployed.”

Liam is continuing to attend the Hopeful Families Employability workshop in January 2020 at Brian Jackson House to improve his CV, learn interview techniques and skills, and create a cover letter.