Following a relocation to Northern Ireland, David found himself homeless. David began ‘sofa-surfing’ whilst attempting to look for a job. He soon became very depressed and at Christmas 2014, David attempted to take his own life. Finding himself ‘desperate and in a place he didn’t want to be’,
David made the decision to seek professional mental health support which he believes did help him.
David became a Home Straight client in April 2015, following a referral from the RFEA Central Employment Team. Home Straight supported him and secured housing with Alabaré in May. Walking With The Wounded’s Home Straight Employment Mentor then focussed on supporting David back into long term, sustainable employment.
Our Employment Mentor helped David contact Ambrey Risk, a national maritime security company and secured an interview with them on 29th May. Ambrey Risk was very impressed by David and offered him the job.
Given the relatively short period of time for this transition, David couldn’t believe what was happening. He attributes all of this progress to the WWTW Home Straight Project and his Employment Mentor, Tony. In June this year, David signed an employment contract with Ambrey Risk, and found himself waiting to fly out on his first deployment with his new employer.
David was supported by Tony (the Home Straight Employment Mentor) to ensure he got to Heathrow Airport for his first deployment on Tuesday 30 June. David was also supported in purchasing specific Personal Protection Equipment for deployment. He couldn’t have been more grateful as without these items he wouldn’t have been able to start work.
David was elated and for the first time in many months he could see security and a future. David is now on his second deployment and is expected to be away for 2-3 months. David has signed his room back to Alabaré and plans to sort more permanent accommodation when he returns to the UK at the end of his current deployment.
The Home Straight project helped David in many ways but the main impact has been helping David to secure sustainable employment with Ambrey Risk, a maritime security company.
David commented: “My Home Straight Employment Mentor (Tony) helped me with my confidence issues and was there to support me through my early difficulties of total uncertainty. He was that ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ that I couldn’t see.”
He went on to say “I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for the help provided through Walking With The Wounded’s Home Straight project, in fact I probably would be dead!”