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Facing a positive future after crisis

6 July 2015

As we launch our new £30 million initiative to improve the prospects of people living in crisis as a result of hardship, we hear from Sean Gleeson. Sean’s life began to unravel 18 months ago after the death of his mother, but thanks to a local charity he has been able to get back on his feet and is now facing a more positive future.

Help-Through-CrisisShaun, 30, was working at a print firm and living at home in Wakefield with his mum when she sadly passed away. He continued to live in the three bedroom property on his own, but as the bedroom tax was introduced he quickly became unable to cope financially.

Shaun approached the council to request to be moved to a smaller property but was told he wouldn’t be able to because he was already in rent arrears. Unable to pay rent he was evicted and was forced to sleep on the streets. He was also struggling with anxiety, depression and stress.

Shaun had heard about a local charity – Community Awareness Programme (known as CAP Care) – from a friend of his and decided to ask them for some help. CAP Care, which has had National Lottery funding, was able to offer Shaun advice and support and put him in touch with Turning Point, where he was able to receive help for mental health issues, and Bridge-It Housing who were able to immediately arrange for him to move into shared accommodation.

Shaun’s situation has greatly improved thanks to the help he has received. He now volunteers three days a week at CAP Care and helps others to create CV’s and apply for jobs. Shaun said: “It really felt like it was the end of the world, but now I’m mentally and physically stable and have a really positive mentality. I’d be in a much worse position if it wasn’t for these organisations. I really enjoy using my background in IT to help others. It has given me confidence.”

If you want to find out more about our Help Through Crisis programme, please visit our website

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