BB was referred to the UP Project in July 2020. BB initially failed to engage however, the UP Project identified he had several needs and could secure some real positive outcomes on the project. With lots of contact and encouraging BB to participate we finally have some success. BB was referred to PCP Housing in November and was offered a place in a shared house. BB has settled in well and said the following:
I was sofa surfing between Leicester and Birmingham with no fixed address for a long period of time. This was having an effect on my mental health and my ability to progress. I noticed I was struggling when I began to have suicidal thoughts. I didn’t think I would secure accommodation with the UP Project, but Siobhan proved different, it was quick and easy, and I felt thoroughly support whilst moving in by the UP Project and PCP housing.BB - Dec 2020
Having settled in as highlighted above BB began working on employability skills, he engaged well and created his new CV independently having participated in 1:1 employability session. Further to this he had identified what further skills or training he required BB was put forward to sit his CSCS test and has since been revising in preparation to sit this in January 2021.
BB had no identification which was making applying for temporary work difficult. The UP Project supported him to apply for his provisional driving licence and financed this. BB has received this and has successfully obtained employment with Amazon as a Warehouse Operative.
BB's time on the project was longer than anticipated due to him not believing he would obtain the correct support BB said:
In the past I have been sent to work with people that promise to help and never really manage to. I know its sometime my fault because I do not stay in contact but this time I did, and I am pleased to say it was the right decision.BB - 2020
To find out more about the UP Project and how to get involved, contact Siobhan Hirrell, UP-Project Development Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.