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10 June 2021

Impact Case Study - From Sofa Surfing to Success

DR, from Walsall St Matthews was referred to Black Country Impact via his work coach at Bridal Court JCP. DR is currently homeless and sofa surfing between friend’s homes. DR is from the traveling community and has very little to no attainment in education.

DR is at the start of his journey and the following case study has been presented to capture the distance travelled in such a short space of time. Also to date we have raised a purchase request for DR to access the CSCS training with Learning Into Employment.

DR has been totally disengaged from the education system and from people of authority resulting in very little attainment. Since joining Black Country Impact DR has engaged with his advisor and through regular mentoring DR has come on leaps and bounds and is now at the stage now of making steps towards improving his prospects. DR has agreed to start making the steps towards improving his literacy and numeracy which in the past he would have turned down point blank. During our mentoring sessions we have discovered that DR has a keen interest in Construction and we have agreed to make steps towards him gaining a CSCS card. A major success to date is that DR attended a job interview with John Sisk & Sons working on the new M6 junction project however he was unsuccessful and put on a pending waiting list.

As per DR individual development plan, DR will be working towards the following; 1. Improve his literacy and numeracy with Learn Play Foundation gaining recognised qualifications. 2. Gain a CSCS card with Learning Into Employment & 3. Improve his housing situation and receiving support from the housing department at Walsall Council.