Sam's Story

Sam* was seen by the Northern Advice Worker in July 2013. Sam was approaching the end of a 5 year sentence for Possession of Class A drugs with Intent to Supply.

Sam had a number of concerns around being reunited with her two children who had been in the care of a family member during her incarceration. She was anxious and visibly emotional about re-establishing a relationship with them on release. The Advice Worker provided emotional support and also practical support by sourcing a list of Sure Start and other Family Intervention Projects who would be able to support the client on release. At a follow up meeting, after discussion between Sam and the Advice Worker a referral was made to Nacro’s Family Support Programme, she was subsequently interviewed and accepted.

Sam presented again in September 2013 and was supported to access funding of £300.00 in order to complete a yoga course. Sam was successful and accessed support later on in the month in order to access funding for course materials.

The Advice Worker continued to see Sam sporadically and signposted her to Through the Gate support on her day of release. She was collected by staff from WIP’s Triangle Project and was supported to attend appointments with Probation, Homelessness Assessment, Achieve and Nacro. She was also supported to access a volunteering role at a local women’s community project.

Sam has now been active in her volunteering role in the community for 6 months. She is an active member of WIP’s Women Moving Forward Service User Group and facilitates training sessions for new members of the group.