When David was feeling better, he left hospital and was placed in shared accommodation, which was supposed to come with support. Sadly, the organisation which was due to provide the support ceased to exist due to funding cuts. David was left on his own with no help or support, in a tenancy which was shared with other people, who were quite chaotic. People were coming and going all of the time and David could never relax or focus on recovering. This had a bad impact on David’s mental health and he ended up turning to alcohol to try to deal with the stress. David soon became alcohol dependent and his physical and mental health started to deteriorate.
In December 2012, David was referred to our Dual Diagnosis floating support project and he was introduced to support worker, Kenny. Kenny sat down with David and they both worked out a plan of support to prioritise what was important for David to get his life back on track.
They agreed to move David away from all the stress that was involved with living in this shared accommodation. Kenny supported David to move into a temporary, one bedroom accommodation, which allowed him more privacy and time to improve his mental health. When David felt ready to make the next step, Kenny helped him to access a detox programme in hospital which resulted in David becoming alcohol free. This made a huge improvement to David’s physical and mental health.
Following his hard work to improve his own life, David wanted to give something back by helping other people. Kenny helped David make a successful application to volunteer with Age Concern. Last week, David began his first day in his new voluntary job and couldn’t be happier with the changes he’s made.
David is now focusing on moving to a more permanent accommodation, with Kenny’s continuing support and is looking forward to a bright future ahead.
David said, “I would never have got where I am without the help and support from Kenny. We worked together as a team to move towards the goals we set out when he started supporting me. Step by step, my life has improved for the better I am really looking forward to a brighter future. I can’t thank him and all at The Whitechapel Centre enough."