Josh’s story

 

Josh was the first client referred to our Befriending service. He was feeling depressed and very isolated due to his disabilities and his mental health. Josh was also living in a dangerous situation, with a partner that was violent and abusive towards him, specifically making his life difficult around mobility.

When Josh first came to the service, he was apprehensive to speak about things in detail, especially over the phone. Due to this, we decided to try a home visit, during which his personality really came out and he spent the time chatting about things that he used to enjoy, before becoming wheelchair bound. He let us know that he loved sports, particularly table tennis, pool and snooker and this was something he’d like to get back into doing.

After meeting with Josh, we spoke many times over the phone, eventually he decided that he was ready to try going along to a community activity. Josh attended a session at Men’s Matters, which he found very welcoming and enjoyed. He decided to continue going to this when it was possible for him.

We were also able to find Josh a table tennis session for people who have mental health difficulties. He was very grateful for this and was put in touch with Sport In Mind, this is now something that Josh likes to attend regularly.

As the telephone conversations have progressed, Josh has felt more confident in his day to day life, and more empowered to make decisions about his housing situation.

 

Our befriending service offers non-judgmental support to anyone living in Slough. We offer both telephone and face to face support.

If you or someone that you know are feeling lonely or isolated and would benefit from personalised support, contact Ella Cosgrove:

Call 0208 607 0648 or email ella_cosgrove@tvha.co.uk.

This service is delivered until 31st December 2018. This service is currently only available to people living in Slough.