Colin had a good job as an engineer. However, in December 2015 the whole team at his workplace were made redundant. This coincided with the sale of Colin’s family home. He was able to afford to stay in B&Bs for a few months, at which point he moved into temporary housing. Colin’s substance misuse led to him being unable to sustain his tenancy and by the autumn of 2016 he was rough sleeping in the doorway of Debenhams in Norwich.
Colin’s first engagement with St Martins was through the outreach team early in 2016. St Martins supported him into temporary housing, and then into a new tenancy in February 2017. It was at this point that Colin started regularly attending Under 1 Roof, St Martins’ training and development centre.
Whilst at Under 1 Roof, Colin has successfully completed both the Drug & Alcohol Awareness and the Wellbeing Toolkit courses, attended various drop-in sessions and regularly used the computers for job searching. He also joined the Reality Check team going into schools highlighting the dangers of substance misuse.
Colin has now secured a full time job as a Design Development Engineer.
Colin said, “Without a doubt, it is thanks to the guidance and support from Under 1 Roof and others in St Martins that has helped me get in a position to get a job.”
We congratulate Colin on his success and wish him well for the future.