Tim attended the Get on Track for Employability programme delivered in partnership with Sanctuary Supported Living in Weston-super-Mare in 2019. This is his story.

I have been living at the foyer for about eighteen months now. There were eight of us living at home and there were lots of arguments, so my Mum said it was best that I leave. I’ve struggled quite a bit with my mental health, I struggle day to day, I have stuff going round in my head which has affected day to day living. I can’t do full time work at moment but work part time in security which I enjoy.

There hasn’t been one favourite part of the programme, I enjoyed it all and it really motivated me, gave me something to do. I guess my favourite thing was how we all grew as a group and all shone in different ways. All the activities we did really helped us develop as a group.

In terms of what I learnt, the interview skills sessions were really great. I learnt new interview techniques and they really helped me realise what I can do and what I can do better in future. I’ve done work experience in a zoo before and worked on a farm – I really want to get a job one day where I’m working with animals full time, ideally a zoo keeper. In September I’m going to apply for an Animal Management course at a local college to try and achieve that goal.

Michelle Robinson, athlete mentor

Tim came onto the programme with a short fuse and an attitude that needed some nurturing. He was a natural leader during the On Your Marks phase but sometimes his frustration at not being heard would come out.

Through gentle encouragement from fellow athlete mentor Jack Rutter and myself, we discovered what made Tim tick.

Tim has never been work shy, and feels so much better when he has worked over the weekend. With his newfound confidence, and becoming more self-aware of his actions, I am hoping he now has the courage to look for a more permanent job and start to explore his lifelong ambition of working with animals.

 

I feel so much better mentally than ever before. Jack and Michelle have helped me and the residents of the Foyer enormously. They were always welcoming, without really knowing us, they always knew what we could do, pushed us that bit more, knowing that we could do more. Jack was really supportive after one meltdown I had, really calm with me which really helped me. The course was one of the best courses I’ve ever done… I think loads of people would benefit from it if they could.


We're really pleased to be working with Sanctuary Supported Living to deliver four Get on Track for Employability programmes in Banbury, Brighton, Hartlepool and Weston-super-Mare. You can find out more about the programme here.