*We have been given permission to use Marks real name
Whilst living in Scotland, Mark broke up with his partner, so decided to move down to Bassetlaw to be closer to his grown-up children, and he came to Hope.
Initially, Mark stayed at our Hostel for three months, where he made friends with other people accessing the service and built a thoroughly positive relationship with Hope staff and volunteers.
After this time, Mark felt ready to move-on and live independently again. Supported by Hope’s Housing Advisor, he moved into Martin House within the village of Hodthorpe, on the north Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border. This is a block of twelve flats, supported housing project operated in partnership between Hope & Riverside Housing Association.
During his time with Hope, Mark progressed really well, and started to rediscover his self-confidence and motivation, even volunteering for Hope. He undertook a training course designed to help him with his IT skills and seek employment. With the support of his keyworker Mark started to feel ready to find employment. With an update CV he actively started to look for work within the security sector and his passion of being a dog handler again. Mark successfully gained employment and found a new place to live in the Peterborough area. By using Hope’s Furniture Project and his Rotary Award money from Retford and Worksop Rotary Club, Mark was able to start to buy his own furniture and bits and pieces towards his new home.
Through Hope’s support he has begun to rebuild his life and relationships with his family and, most importantly for Mark, through a crisis grant from Hope he was able to visit his mother in the weeks running up to her death and attend her funeral.