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Outcomes: Training, improved mental health and wellbeing, reduced substance misuse

J was first referred to Opportunity and Change by Jericho House, a residential drug rehabilitation unit. He disclosed that he had struggled with substance misuse for all of his adult life, however has now been clean for over two years.


Whilst accessing Opportunity and Change, J attended Skills Plus for Change. His attendance and engagement was outstanding, making progress to have the confidence to enrol onto accredited courses.


He is now living independently in his own accommodation in which he moved into in November 2020, moving out of supported shared housing. The support from his navigator means he is able to sustain his own tenancy, he was able to redecorate and furnish the property independently. J has also been able to rebuild his family relationships that were previously fractured.


In addition to undertaking training, J also volunteered at Jericho House on a regular basis to help to support others with their rehabilitation. He covers night shifts with a large part of his role being talking to the residence to encourage their recovery. He also volunteers at a local park with environmental projects.


With support from his navigator, J enrolled and attended Derby College to complete Level 1 in Maths and English and Level 2 in Health and Social Care. The navigator aided the participant in taking out a student loan to cover the tuition costs and he is now working towards achieving a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology, with the goal of starting a career in the rail industry.