A. was referred to Sandham House, the Group’s home for adults with mental health needs, in September 2015.
When A. was referred to us he was homeless and had been banned from Cowes town centre due to antisocial behaviour. He was regularly abusing drugs and alcohol and suffered from paranoia, anxiety, depression, and low confidence. Although he was known to the Probation Service and drug & alcohol recovery services, he didn’t regularly engage with them.
During his time at Sandham House, we supported A. to complete the Thinking Skills Programme, an anti-offending group programme provided through the probation service, which gave him the necessary tools to keep himself safe from harmful influences. His success with this enabled him to volunteer at a newly-formed probation mentoring group. We also worked in partnership with social services to support him to re-establish contact with his son.
Giving A. daily support and a safe environment in which to live helped him address him mental health needs and start rebuilding his life in a more positive and constructive way.
In February 2018, A. achieved his goal of living independently in a longer-term home when he moved into a Group property in Newport. We continue to support A. to settle into his new home and he is appreciative of the help he has received.
A. says: “You have helped me grow, have more confidence, and recognise bad situations in life. I love my flat and feel more secure.”