Case Studies

Case Studies

Boosting motivation to improve mental health

I was doubting myself as I found myself lacking motivation to do my daily routine that I had been doing for years. Even tasks I had been doing my whole life like cooking.

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A new home for a friendship group

When I first came here it was with all my friends from another centre that shut down. We used to hang out, talk and watch telly, and it was a safe space for us.

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Support for lone-parent experiencing abuse

I’ve recently become a single parent and have been feeling stressed and under pressure being a lone-parent. It took courage to disclose my history of being a victim of domestic violence.

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From volunteering into paid employment

I have always been a person who thrives off helping others and being able to share my own skills with others. Through WDH Sandwell, I have been receiving support from the Kuumba team in developing my job ready skills and I now have a job!

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Tackling anxiety and alcohol concerns

I was in a dark place. I felt alone and like I barely had anyone to talk to. I generally feel okay a lot of the time, but when I get really down and lonely, I start to drink.

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Community connection through creative crafting

Before I came to Ileys Community Association I felt overwhelmed, lonely, and disconnected from my surroundings. I needed to get out of the house

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Financial struggles during cancer treatment

I am a carer for my wife and was also working when I was diagnosed with cancer. Due to my diagnosis and necessary treatment I had to stop working. As a result my financial situation worsened significantly just in a few days.

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Skills support helping to fight depression

I found myself struggling to express my emotions while on maternity leave and I knew I needed to reach out for support to better my skills – I was experiencing depression and anxiety and I refused to let this control my life.

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Ukrainian mom re-builds emotional strength

I am a Ukrainian war victim. I left my home country to save the lives of my three children and immigrated to the United Kingdom under the Homes for Ukraine scheme. I was terrified, worried, and lonely without family or friends.

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Help with housing and health

I was in a tough spot. I’m living in a hotel, feeling really down and having health problems. My child has special needs, ADHD, and a learning disability.

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Living after loss and looking forward

Losing my wife, of 65 years, done me in. I felt very low, and struggled with depression and knew that I needed to be around people. I’d stopped going out, even to get my shopping.

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Supporting mom with an under 1

Samerina had a 6-month-old baby who wasn’t sleeping. She was suffering with some mental health issues and was socially isolated and struggled to leave the house.

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Forging friendships through fitness

When we first met, I was unhealthy physically and nutritionally. I was experiencing low self-esteem and felt isolated. My mood was low, and I felt lethargic and unhealthy.

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From homelessness to stability

I was homeless and struggling with substance misuse when I approached European Welfare Association (EWA) services at YMCA. I was depressed and didn’t see the way out of the situation I found myself in. I needed a hot drink and some food, and I wanted to get off the streets and get to work.

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Frank finds new friends

I’m Frank and I’m 90 years old. I find getting old really sad – one day you have a fulfilled life and gradually your world gets smaller and smaller, so do the people in it. So you feel unconfident, little tasks become big tasks. The things you used to do like read, take part in your hobbies become hard to do.

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Paul’s story

Paul received support from our Independent Advocate as he navigated ongoing care proceedings to see if his daughter could be safely returned to his care.

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Claire’s story

Claire was a victim of domestic violence and as a result has suffered a life changing condition resulting in her no longer having the same capacity to take care of herself and her family in the way she used to. This has led to the children being removed from her care temporarily.

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Volunteering as a Digital Champion

When I joined the project, I was unemployed, with an I.T. background with outdated qualifications. At the time I was feeling fine, but occasionally would feel lonely as well.

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Former NHS Worker volunteers in local charity

Pre COVID I worked in HR in the NHS, and after COVID I worked within the physio department, beginning to move into and support more in the clinical care side of things.

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Breaking free from Domestic Violence and Abuse

Michelle felt totally stuck in a relationship with someone who was controlling her.

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Rebuilding self-belief after bullying

Aisha was bullied and exploited by a friend (colleague at work) which caused her to lose confidence and lowered her trust in people “all round”.

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Moving on after divorce

After separating from his second wife, Paul was experiencing severe anxiety and depression and was having suicidal thoughts.

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Recovering from physical and emotional trauma

I have had great support from Ideal for All. I was not under no pressure to do anything. I have choices I can make now and decide for myself. People are coming back into my life.

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