The Harrogate Resettlement and Community Safety Scheme (RACS) work with adults with offending history to find accommodation and build skills for independent living, helping them and the community to live safer lives. This case study shared by our Harrogate RACS team, is an example of the barriers some of our customer’s face to finding settled, long term employment:

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Jim has had a variety of previous jobs however his substance misuse had led to acquisitive offending to fund his lifestyle, and subsequent custodial sentences which resulted in termination of employment. On referral to RACS, Jim had good employability skills however he lacked confidence in expressing these skills due to his criminal record and time spent in prison. Addressing his substance misuse was a crucial element in order for positive changes in his life to become possible. These factors combined were proving a significant barrier for Jim, who wanted to move on with his life.

In order to meet Jim’s to meet support needs and help him overcome the barriers/challenges, we created a support plan, looking at local agencies and sign posts that we could introduce Jim to. The activity we undertook included:

  • Liaising with Horizons drug treatment to ensure Jim was attending appointments and adhering to his prescription
  • Referral to Action Towards Inclusion for specialist support in finding voluntary opportunities
  • Working one to one with Jim to develop his I.T skills
  • Supporting and encouraging Jim to take part in mock interviews in preparation for a new job/voluntary placement

Since working with Jim through his support plan, his levels of confidence and self-efficacy have increased and his substance misuse has been addressed and is maintained under control. The support has enabled Jim to gain basic I.T. skills which can be used to conduct job searches and applications. These skills are also transferable and could be used in a variety of situations. Jim has secured a voluntary position to gain some work experience and has completed application forms for job vacancies.