John, who has a long-term health condition, was homeless and affected by substance misuse. Since his referral to Peter Bedford Housing Association, he has gained voluntary experience to prepare for a return to work and attended recovery groups. He has also worked closely with Ntombiza (his recovery worker) on the search for accommodation.
John and Ntombiza developed an excellent relationship, which helped him to recover and to become more independent. “She gave continuous encouragement in where to go and what to do and if you needed support she would offer it.”
“John’s engaged from the very beginning,” says Ntombiza, “He’s been very motivated and keen to change his life.”
Ntombiza helped John find a home suitable for his condition and that would provide him with his own space. Now he has the stability of his own home, he is planning his next steps.
It’s been a long road from being homeless to being back in a stable situation. My next aim is to embark on an Adult Health and Social Care Course, gain a level 2 qualification and start applying for work in that industry.