Get Ready! case study - Ben

Ben (not his real name) writes about how he became involved with Get Ready! and the difference it made to his life.

I had split up with my girlfriend and had to move back to my parents’ place. While I was moved out, my parents had moved into their own separate bedrooms so there was no space for me.

I really now appreciate the Get Ready! programme and all the staffs’ help, and all the work they have done.

- Ben

I slept on the sofa for a week or so then my best mate told me there were spaces in a YMCA building that he was already living in. I mentioned this to the landlord and the YMCA; I came down to the YMCA and was met by the YMCA staff who were very helpful and polite. I asked about moving into the same accommodation he was in. And they agreed. I moved in and was very happy there.

I heard about the Get Ready! programme through Selena my key worker. When I first came onto the programme I did not like it, I felt like I was being preached at by Jayne, the Programme Manager for Business in the Community in Great Yarmouth. I did not want to get out of bed for the workshops. I felt it was pointless – I put the gym before the programme which I now know was an excuse not to come in and join in with the activities.

I started to realise that Jayne was not some jumped up, preaching, interfering woman and in fact she was trying to help me. From that point a good friendship was formed. I now consider Jayne as a good friend who always wants to help me with a range of things from work to helping me event if I’ve had a bad day.

When I had the interview at Event Guard with Jayne in Norwich I was nervous, but it went better than I thought it would. We arranged a start date for my Ready for Work work placement and bus tickets were sorted out when the programme started. It was a serious change to my lifestyle, getting up at times that I wasn’t quite used to. Every day I had to be awake at 5:45 and then at Norwich by 8:45.

The first week was a little bit trial and error, but the second week was better. Since then I have been on a further induction day with Event Guard, and have been promised work as soon as I get my SIA badge. I am working on that at the moment and hope to have it very soon. I was there early every day in the second week and liked the routine. I had really positive feedback from Event Guard who I will be working for at the 2012 Olympics.

I did some volunteering at the Christmas shop set up by YMCA and BITC. Preparing, painting and clearing up the shop was fun and rewarding experience when it was fully decorated and finished. Lots of us helped and there was some very funny banter and laughter.

I now feel more confident about travelling to places I don’t know and trying new things. I will be getting a job and sticking to what I said I will do.

The Get Ready! and Ready for Work programmes have enabled me to reach personal goals such as opening my own bank account, obtain a full birth certificate and now I am receiving support to obtain my SIA badge.

I am much more positive now about life in general and would like to thank everyone who has helped me.