Connecting Opportunities Success Story

Our participant joined the Connecting Opportunities project on the 2nd December 2020 having left India to be with his wife and son here in the UK. He had worked at an engineering company in India following his graduation as a Mechanical Engineer and had progressed in his career, becoming the companies Executive Engineer, before going …

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Simon’s story

Simon* lost his job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. He left his home and started rough sleeping, as he could no longer afford his rent and utility bills. A member of Street Reach staff approached Simon and offered him support. After being introduced to the service and accepting support, Simon was provided with temporary accommodation …

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Tom’s story

“Now I am settled, I can keep thinking positively and carrying on with what I am doing,” said Tom, laughing with former support worker Justin. Tom started his journey with Horton Housing at Vale Street, a learning disability service in Todmorden and the Upper Valley area. When the service finished, Tom moved into shared accommodation …

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Shay’s story

Shay has volunteered at the training centre for around two years, after attending a group there in the past. He had previously helped out with odd jobs like painting and gardening before starting two new voluntary roles last year. “I am a Donations Delivery Driver and also a Donations Sorter,” he tells us, explaining how …

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Samah's Story

Samah’s story

Samah and her family fled to Syria from Iraq due to war when she was seven, where they settled and Samah was able to complete her education. Conditions in Syria however were not great and there was little support in place for children with disabilities; this was an issue as Samah’s brother is autistic. Not …

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Joe's photo

Joe’s story

“I’ve been interested in photography my whole life and have always found that photography is able to capture something unique and make other people really think about what they’re looking at,” said Joe, a client in one of our Young People’s services. “I love being outdoors and taking photos because it allows you to be …

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