Trevor* had been referred through Cyrenians Market Led Training based at Norton Park. After applying for a training course the team thought the Foundations to Employment Service would be more suitable for Trevor as he had some ongoing difficulties surrounding alcohol misuse and mental health to address.
Trevor’s Key Worker spent many meetings simply getting to know him and understand his past problems with alcohol, relationship issues and his episodes of depression. By doing this they were able to build a trusted relationship. His Key Worker suggested that he should spend the time working on himself, to create a more positive self-image and they began to look at different training courses and voluntary work.
Trevor visited Cyrenians Community Gardens at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital with his Key Worker and signed up for two days per week. He is still thoroughly enjoying his time there!
Trevor was also interested in a two day mental health First Aid course and attended a drop-in session at Health in Mind; after securing funding, Trevor will now be attending this training course in August.
After a discussion about where Trevor sees himself in a years’ time it was evident that his confidence and self-belief was slowly but surely returning as he mentioned a college course that he was interested in. We spent some time on the computer looking at several courses until he decided on Full-time NC Working with Communities. We supported Trevor throughout his application and interview, and he was offered a place starting in August.
Trevor now has structure to his day and is enjoying spending time outdoors at the gardens. He is looking forward to both his training course and college course and states that he feels more hope for the future now.
Trevor is also considering mediation at Cyrenians with his ex-partner and he is keen to build on the progress he has made so that he can continue to move his life in a positive direction.
We’ve changed Trevors’ name and some details to his story to preserve his anonymity.
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