We supported F, who has Autism and mental health problems including depression and anxiety. Initially F received 8 hours of support a week and was unsure what he wanted to do. We developed a person-centred care plan that was focussed around his personal goals and aspirations which included finding employment.
Our First Routes Team worked with F to increase his confidence and prepare him for challenges he may encounter in the community. We supported him to identify types of work he would enjoy, update his CV and identify his skills.
He received four interview offers and our staff worked with him to prepare. F was offered a job at a restaurant and he has worked there for two years. We continue to provide informal support to F and his employer as and when required. Alongside his job we supported F to complete and pass a college course in graphic design with distinction. We successfully encouraged him to embrace his skills and talent and discussed options for moving forward.
We worked with F to visit universities and identify suitable next steps. As a result of this support F enrolled on a university degree to complete a degree in graphic design and modelling. He is now half way through his second year and is excelling in his studies. F now has a clear plan for his future and we no longer provide formal support.