David was released from Featherstone after serving 12 + months for breaching a restraining order. He could not recall the incident due to drink and drug use but agreed he was somewhere he should not have been. Until his spiral out of control he had lived a crime free life..

He was in employment for some years and it was there that he began to use drugs. As his use escalated, he pawned his work tools to pay a drug debt and after he was sacked could find no meaningful path forward. Since losing his job he had been convicted of theft and other acquisitive crime to pay for his drug habit.  David’s interpersonal skills were good, He had good awareness of consequences when sober.

David was released homeless and was supported by a mentor whose priorities were to help him find accommodation to access a GP and to continue with his drug treatment programme to come off heroin and crack cocaine.

David continued with the drug treatment programme despite a couple of setbacks. His mentor encouraged him not to give up.

His mentor also helped him to gather his identity documents including a birth certificate, passport and a replacement driving licence. After some time and struggle David was given a place in temporary accommodation shared with other tenants. There were ongoing problems with the other tenants as they had significant issues and were also drug users. Largely by circumstance outside his control David was evicted from that accommodation. He was however, following mentor support, housed by the local council and has subsequently moved on to other accommodation in town, where he is now settled.

David has volunteered at a local charity throughout the mentoring and despite the disruptions in his life and periods of homelessness. After 6 months, he was successful in gaining paid employment there. 

His mentor also encouraged him to chase up treatment for a chronic condition.

David kept up with his mentoring and despite the setbacks, achieved   positive accommodation, employment and drug outcomes. He has settled well in new home town and has re-kindled his relationship with his son.

This mentoring exercise last some months and at exit interview both parties agreed in had concluded having achieved the outcomes identified. David, in evaluation, scored the support he received from Futures Unlocked in general and his mentor in particular at the highest level.

 

Mark's story

Mark was convicted of conspiring to supply Class A drugs. He was caught as a result of an undercover police operation and had been dealing for a number of years He admitted his involvement in the conspiracy and was sentenced to 7 years. Mark had become addicted to herion in prison while serving another sentence in 1998. Previously he had used cannabis and speed. He offended to finance his habit. His partner was also a user.

Mark saw his offending and drug taking lifestyle as normal although his drug use was considerable. He was using between 5 and 10 bags of heroin a day. He has a long record of convictions from the age of 14

Mark  complied well whilst in prison. He completed a Thinking Skills course and engaged with a CARAT (drugs)worker. He was determined to change.  His relationship with his user girlfriend was also over. He was released to Approved Premises

The Police (IOM)referred him to Futures Unlocked as he was nominated a Persistent and Prolific Offender. He presented as well motivated.from the start.   His assessed risks were around un employment and debt  leading to drug use. He was matched to a female volunteer in the community.

 As employment was a priority they spent some time on the computer with Mark getting to know how to e-mail and use job site and  to put a CV in place.

The mentor also listened to Mark and helped him to process his bitterness and disappointment at how the relationship with his girlfriend had ended and to gain some perspective. He did have some contact with her but understood that it would be a risk to him in so far as she was still a drug user.

He worked really hard getting to grips with the computer and he and the mentor booked IT sessions at the library. He was also supported to get a Library ID to use the computers there independently to look for work as the one at the hostel did not work properly.

He set up an email account and was able to access the job centre site , he also kept his  appointments at the job centre and soon he found work.

However, emotionally he was struggling and started drinking and to have urges to have some drugs. He was not given any medication to stop his craving.  Originally, he was taking medication but was taken off it due to high blood pressure. In the event and with support, Mark managed to control and reduce his consumption of alcohol and remain abstinent as regards drugs.

In time Mark moved from the Approved Premises and eventually into his own accommodation. He is now in work and has another girlfriend who has a little child. This has been good for him in giving him some responsibility and focus to maintain his progress. At exit, both Mark and his mentor agreed that the identified action plan had been accomplished. On evaluation, Mark scored the support from Futures Unlocked and the mentor at the highest level. Shortly before closing the case Mark gave both the mentor and supervising Chaplain a Christmas card, expressing his gratitude and saying that he did not know where he would have been if there had not been the support there.

 

 Jamie's story

 

Jamie was convicted of attempted murder.  He maintains that the victim was a psychopath who had bullied him for years, and it was revenge. Alcohol played a role in the offence and  he had a history of violent offending, mainly assault.

Jamie had been an alcoholic and heavy drug user from the age of 13-45. He had not taken any drink or drugs for the past 5 years. He holds a strong faith and is determined to live his life as positively as possible.

He was released to Approved Premises. His priorities were to find accommodation, work  and to find a local church.

He was offered accommodation which meant he would be closer to his family and friends.

The mentor supported him to register with a GP and followed up on a medical condition that was causing him some pain.

His mentor helped him to access the library and to use the IT resources to help his job search such as tailoring his CV, accessing the internet and using g-mail and Drive etc.

The mentor supported him to follow up on the training he already completed whilst in prison. Gaining this qualification helped him to secure work.

Jamie is now working full time. Whilst the hours are long, he is happy with this. The work is hard but it is not affecting his condition.

His financial situation is secure at present and he is managing his budget. He is happy with his accommodation where he has been moved to a larger room.

He continues to maintain his positive approach to life and is in regular contact with family and friends. He is confident he can continue his present approach to life and keep clear of drugs and alcohol. Jamie hopes to become a mentor himself in the future.

 

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