Client B was referred to me by his Offender Manager, in July of this year; his offence was of a sexual nature for which he received a custodial sentence. Client B is 23 and suffers with anxiety and depression and currently claiming Employment & Support Allowance (ESA). He advised that he did not leave the house during the day, other than shopping, attending probation and Jobcentre appointments.
Client B informed me that he currently had the bailiff’s knocking at his door, over outstanding rent and council tax arrears, from a previous rental property. Client B did not answer his door to anyone, in case it was bailiffs who would remove his possessions to go towards paying off his outstanding debts. Client B admitted he had ‘buried his head in the sand’ with regards to the outstanding debts, which was compounding his mental health issues and he felt his life was spiralling downwards.
I signed Client B up to the NOMS CF03 programme and made an emergency referral to Access to Advice (A2A), a supply chain partner, to have them look into his outstanding debts and remedy a swift solution. A2A made immediate contact with the Bailiffs to put a hold on them perusing Client B for outstanding debt and then moved on to enquiries with the creditors, to sort the debts and after several days secured a weekly payment plan that Client B could afford.
Client B said this removed a huge burden from his shoulders and has allowed him to focus on moving his life forward. Client B was then referred to another supply chain partner, Turning Point, for Client B to receive counselling sessions for his mental health issues; Client B has so far had 3 sessions, talking through his mental health issues and just lately he stated he feels more positive towards his future.
As Client B can now freely leave his home, without the fear of being confronted over debts, he has been attending our office on a regular basis and revising on our ‘in house’ CSCS practice discs, towards taking his CSCS Health and Safety test.
I have discussed with Client B, about securing him a voluntary placement, to get him ‘out and about’ more, engaging with others, to keep his momentum going; additionally enabling Client B to obtain some much needed up to date work experience, for him to place on his CV and to obtain a reference from, that he could present to future potential employers.