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D was referred to ADAPT six months after being released from Hindley YOI, serving a sentence for street robbery and assault.

His Salford Foundation mentor met D at a neutral venue on a number of occasions. He was quite guarded so his mentor introduced a Peer Ambassador who he could relate to more easily. Once the relationship developed his mentor was introduced to his parents who were supportive of his involvement with ADAPT.

Money and the lack of it was D’s main issue preventing him from progressing away from crime. He had negative peers around him which gave his mentor a sense of him still being involved in ‘street life’. D had not re-offended though he said he had come close a couple of times as he could see no other way. He told his mentor he had no confidence in his ability and no self-esteem. He also admitted to having a phobia about being in social settings and having to communicate with others.

With support from ADAPT D had managed to gain a place at college, studying for a BTEC Level 2 Sports. He has completed four months of his course and is doing well. He wanted to find a part-time job to keep him away from re-offending. His mentor purposely made him complete a CV so it was indirectly made clear to him that he needed to work on his qualifications and gain some work experience as he had little of both. D was introduced to our partners Gears+ and CRIS. He enrolled on a five week course and felt comfortable with the other mentors as he knew they were there to get the best out of him. With their help he successfully gained an OCN Health & Safety in a Work Environment Level 1 and Developing decision Making Skills Level 2. This developed his social skills and confidence.

D was also attending the ADAPT Job Skills Workshop and applied for a work experience placement in retail at the Lowry Theatre with his updated CV. He was extremely anxious about the interview as it challenged his major fear of social interaction. His mentor prepared him and supported him at the interview. D did extremely well and secured a six week placement; two days a week. He completed the placement with 100% attendance and a glowing reference and his name was put forward for the casual staff list.

D ‘s confidence and his social skills have improved to a level that he never thought he would be able to access services and face challenges head on. He is a key member of the Service User Forum Group that implements changes to our service for new clients. He also co-leads on a Health & Fitness project for helping clients to maintain a healthy lifestyle and use their recreational time positively. He is on track to complete his Level 2 BTEC with a Distinction and looking to gain funding to complete his level 3 with aspirations to go to University to study Sports Development.

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