Alan suffered ACEs leading to multiple complex needs
Alan had experienced a difficult upbringing with several adverse childhood experiences that has led to ongoing challenges throughout his life. Alan had struggled with addiction to medication and both physical and mental health issues including depression and anxiety which have impacted on his ability to find work.
Alan came to Konnect Communities via a referral to our ‘Beyond Rehab’ project in December 2020. Beyond Rehab is a project commissioned by Penzance Job Centre and delivered by Konnect and Wild Art. During this time individuals receive 6 weeks of mentoring support with Konnect and attend a 2-day sculpting course with Wild Art. Alan engaged with this project well and successfully completed his course, however additional support was required and Alan was referred to Konnects new People Hub project which started in February.
People Hub have been working with Alan for the past 5 months to support him in tackling several barriers linked to his living conditions that were preventing him from moving forwards.
The first thing our mentor (Lee) did was to listen to Alan’s story so he could start building a better understanding (from Alan’s point of view) of where Alan had come from and importantly where he wanted to go. Alan was clear about his ambition to take back control of his life, especially his living conditions at his home which were far from ideal.
Alan and Lee agreed a plan to tackle the root cause of some of Alan’s issues at home. Lee supported Alan in the creation of SMART actions to help ensure the focus/activity was Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timebound. This helped Alan focus on the things that were in his ability to influence and change.
Alan contacted the council to arrange removal of several larger appliances that were no longer working. Lee arranged for Alan to meet with Good Old Furniture Available (GOFA) https://www.gofa.org.uk/ a local charity to source quality home items including a fridge, washing machine, rugs and a bed and mattress. With the faulty items gone and the fully functional ones in their place Alan then focussed his attention on cleaning his home. Alan started to feel confident enough to contact his landlord to discuss redecorating his home. The landlord agreed to support Alan and organised someone to plumb his washing machine, repair the roof, decorate and supply bedding.
Lee also liaised with JCP and arranged for Alan to attend an I.T. course which included Alan gaining a tablet. Alan has been using the tablet to job search and apply for roles. Alan has a new CV which reflects his skills, strengths and experiences and now feels more confident in his securing work.
All of us at Konnect are really proud of the effort Alan has put into regaining control of his life and the distance Alan has travelled. Alan has demonstrated a newfound determination and focus which will be clear to any employer Alan interviews with.
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