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A Bury successful journey

A Bury successful journey

September is #RecoveryMonth, providing an opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of substance misuse and mental health issues, to look at services provided to help recovery and to celebrate people who are on or have completed the journey to recovery.

As the first in a series of pieces for #RecoveryMonth, Adullam is sharing the story of Jessie Williams, together with a video in which he talks about his experience with Adullam’s Bury Bridges project.

Bury has made a commitment to provide 'A Bed Every Night' (ABEN) for all people that are rough sleeping on the streets in the town.

ABEN provides a bed for the night and provision, accommodation with appropriate facilities 24 hours a day and intense wrap-around support for the client.

Adullam Homes provides the ABEN service together with a range of properties and support services that help people along a journey from living on the streets to being able to manage in their own independent accommodation.

A series of videos has been made featuring some of those who have made or are on that journey, giving them a chance to provide feedback and share their ideas and for service providers to learn what changes might help.

As well as ABEN, in the videos there is reference to 232, a property bought and refurbished by Adullam where people can live in supported accommodation, and to dispersed accommodation, where people can live independently in an Adullam property. This is the final step before going to live in independent accommodation.

Jessie Williams is someone who has travelled that journey with us.

He was living with a friend, but issues arose within the friendship and as Jessie was not on the tenancy, he had to leave the property. He then found himself street homeless and sofa surfing for four months.

Jessie made an application to the Bury Bridges Service with Adullam and moved in, in October 2019, to a shared accommodation.

He explains: “Whilst in support I struggled with mental health and alcohol misuse. I received support through Adullam to empower me to address these issues. I also engaged with the Learning and Engagement (L&E) Coordinator by completing courses such as the peer mentor course and self-esteem and confidence.”

In December 2019 Jessie was showing that he was ready to move on to more independent accommodation by engaging with support, paying his rent on time and by being a good neighbour to the other residents.

Jessie then moved into one of Adullam’s dispersed properties, which offered him with more independence and responsibility. Jessie thrived in his new environment and has paid his bills on time and managed his tenancy well. He continued to engage in support and with the L&E Coordinator.

During this period Jessie started bidding for accommodation and moved into his own independent accommodation in August 2020. He successfully applied for grants and has now furnished his property.

Jessie has now applied for a job and is looking forward to his future. His story is a great one to tell during #RecoveryMonth; it shows that with support and learning, people can move forwards.

Thank you Jessie for allowing us to share to your story.