Jay was referred to Wakefield WY-FI for support to engage with homelessness, addiction, offending and mental ill health services. On the WY-FI traffic light he presented as red, chaotic and not engaging with support.
Jay is 54, suffers from depression, anxiety, lack of sleep and was afraid to leave the house. He was at risk of being evicted from his property due to rent arrears and a charge of carrying an offensive weapon. He was failing to attend appointments with various agencies.
Jay’s was also a victim of modern slavery. A drug dealer was forcing him to store things at his home and drive for him. Jay was scared of him and would not leave the house or go anywhere alone.
With the help of his navigator, Jay has been able to engage with the appropriate services.
He explained the circumstances of his offence to the housing officer, and as he had not had any previous incidents during his tenancy, he was given a suspended behaviour order rather than eviction. He is now making regular payments through a payment plan for his rent and arrears.
Jay was already in services for heroin addiction but struggling to attend the chemist for his daily opiate substitute due to his anxiety. His navigator helped him to talk to his drug worker about this and as he had not used for some time, he was able to try a new treatment of monthly Buvidal injections. He is stable on the lowest dose of Buvidal and plans to be abstinent by year end.
With the support of his navigator, Jay is now attending his mental ill health appointments. He is building his confidence and managing his depression and anxiety. He has been referred to Talking Therapies for support relating to sleep and to continue his positive mental health recovery.
Jay has almost completed his Community Order for his conviction and is engaging with phone appointments with his Probation Officer.
Jay is now engaging well with all services, thriving in his own tenancy and no longer at risk of homelessness.
His anxiety about leaving the house which was a barrier to attending appointments has improved with help and support. The person who was intimidating him has been convicted, and without this threat he feels much safer.
He now goes out to shop for himself, enjoys taking his dog out on daily walks and is engaging positively with neighbours. He is registered with a dental practice and has been attending appointments.
Jay said: “Ever since I have been with WY-FI it has been excellent. It has done me the world of good and my navigator has been excellent, I could not praise him enough.”