Changing Futures 1


CF Candidate-1 was a self-employed tour manager for 14 years and travelled all over the world with his job. When travel restrictions were imposed by the Foreign Office in March 2020, his world collapsed and his job became redundant. He has had to move in with his brother as his income dried up completely. This life change led to very low mood, poor motivation and depression. He went to his local GP for help and was prescribed medication.


He visited his GP who had heard that SESCIC was running a social Prescribing Project and was offering counselling services. The GP referred him directly to SESCIC to see if they could help him in any way. The project manager, Tony Carr, thought he may be a suitable candidate for Social Prescribing, possible counselling support plus, if eligible, enrolment onto the Changing Futures/BBO project. Patt Trow contacted him to explain what we could do to support him and to see how he felt about joining the project.

actions taken

Following conversations and the completion of the Life Circle, it was clear that he could benefit greatly from quick access to Counselling and SESCIC made immediate arrangements. Within a matter of days he met with a Counsellor and we would look for training opportunities and other support services to encourage him to look at the potential to start a new career. We enrolled him on a First Aid Course with BBO partners, UR Potential. Additionally, we referred him to Shelter for debt management to assist with his financial difficulties. After much discussion, we subsequently assisted him with finding a re-training opportunity, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), which could provide new opportunities for him to consider. SESCIC paid for the course as he has no funds and was living on benefits. He now has become highly motivated to change and is in a much better place than when he started. SESCIC are continuing to support and contact him on a regular basis with the aim for him to find a fulfilling job.

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Peter Holbrook CBE
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