Mark was referred to SIFA Fireside in October 2014 through his Support Worker at the Dormy Hostel as he needed support with budgeting and independent living skills, so Changing Lives team member Janet visited Mark in the hostel to find out more. During this visit Janet discovered that he needed help with creating a CV and setting up a Universal Jobmatch account, as well as budgeting.
SIFA Fireside was able to support Mark with these skills and he attended our ‘Future Steps’ Job Club as well as applying for Birmingham City Council and Midland Heart properties, and Mark has now accepted an offer of a property in Handsworth.
Mark was very excited to be moving on from the hostel and into his own space to live independently. He has asked for our help with a Local Welfare Provision application for white goods and in addition, thanks to a donation from the Joseph Hopkins Trust, has been given a voucher to buy some home essentials.
After a successful interview with our Volunteer Organiser Mark will be volunteering at SIFA Fireside (helping out at our main reception desk), and he’s attended our ‘Boundaries and Confidentiality’ training.
As well as supporting others at SIFA Fireside through volunteering in the mornings, Mark will spend afternoons decorating his new property; ‘I’m really looking forward to the future now!’ he says.