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UP Project case study: Hasina

4 Nov 2019

Hasina joined the UP Project in September 2019. She had been out of work for over 12 months and was looking for permanent employment. Hasina had suffered with mental health issues for several years and had never had any intervention to manage this, and regularly using cannabis – something she identified she needed to change.

Hasina expressed an interest in construction and ground maintenance and was matched with one of our business members, Leicester City Council. She was offered a two-week unpaid work placement and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Throughout this time Hasina was referred to Let’s Talk Mental Health service which she is fully engaging with, and Turning Point to manage her cannabis misuse. As a result, Hasina no longer uses cannabis to aid her emotions.

Hasina continues to obtain support from the UP Project and is currently involved in a cooking programme where she is learning new culinary skills and how to cook on a budget. She is really enjoying the session and takes home a weekly hot meal.

This is what Hasina had to say about her time on the project so far:

Before starting this journey, I felt lost and began to give up on myself. At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect and I was anxious, but quickly I learned that they were there to help me get my life back on track, and for that I will be forever grateful. Since working with them I have got my motivation back, increased my confidence and now feel I have a purpose in life. I have learnt that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and have the right support, and now I have high aspirations in life that I am confident I will someday achieve.

Hasina, UP Project participant (2019)

To find out more about the UP Project and how to get involved, contact Siobhan Hirrell, UP Project Development Officer,