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The story of James; isolation to want to be policeman

Tuesday 1 October 2019


Why James needed 1625ip
When James started working with his support worker, he had recently moved from a hostel into his own housing association flat. He was suffering from anxiety stemming from feelings of isolation, as he had little contact with his family. Although James has a close friend, he lives an hour away by bus and benefit complications prevented them from spending time together. His anxieties were exacerbated with being new to the area.
How did 1625ip services help James be more independent?
James established a healthy, trusting relationship with his support worker, enabling him to voice his worries and start to overcome his anxiety.
Through 1625ip, James has been able to attend a care-leavers drop in, where he can see his friend and socialise with peers.  Big relief came when his benefits were updated and transferred to the Universal Credit system.  After a while, he displayed improved confidence in completing this process independently, despite his initial reservations relating to taking the bus and attending the appointment at the job centre alone.
James expressed a desire to engage with his new local community by taking part in activities and contributing to the community. This is something he and his support worker plan to work towards together going forwards.
He even came to wish for more contact with his father who lives in the vicinity. Initially, he was reluctant to contact him out of fear that he might be perceived as a nuisance. However, after gathering the courage to reach out to him, they now meet on a weekly basis.
In order to support the development of James’s confidence and help him learn to manage his anxiety, he was referred to a mentoring service within 1625ip. He enjoys meeting with his community mentor as they have shared interests that have allowed them to develop a meaningful bond. Moreover, with his mentor’s support and encouragement, James is able explore his local area and participate in activities.
What’s in store for James now?
James has stated interest in joining the police force in future or establishing a career in retail. He is also considering further education, having already completed his AQAs. Together with his support worker and his mentor, who works as a recruitment consultant, he is taking steps towards applying for jobs in early 2019.

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