“Being introduced to the Bridges project has been beneficial to my well-being. I have learnt the basics of vegetable production in the Grow to Work Sessions and can now use a computer to search for work”

Paul’s last employment was in 1991 after he became a full time carer for his elderly father, continuing 20 years.  Unfortunately when his father passed away Paul became homeless and remained "sleeping rough" for 7 months.  Paul was helped with somewhere to live and started on his journey to re-build his life.

Referred to Ideal for All by Smethwick Job Centre Plus at the beginning of the year, Paul was looking for a way to feel more confident and find his way back to employment. Paul was very quiet initially but he attended regularly and his confidence grew using the computer to Job Search and mixing with the other attendees. 

Paul was supported to visit Salop Drive Market Garden and decided to take part in the Grow for Work sessions.  He has been involved in growing vegetables and grounds maintenance, supporting his health and well-being. He has also attended IT training with the Ron Davies Centre and was presented with a Learner Award.  Paul is making great progress on his journey and it is rewarding for us to be supporting him along the way.