Case Study – Julie
Julie had spent many years in and out of prison and was no stranger to the Criminal Justice System. During one of her sentences she was sectioned and sent directly to a mental health secure unit where she remained for 6 years.
Julie had two children who lived with her parents, the relationship with her parents was strained.
Due to an offence of arson and the subsequent damage caused by this offence Julie could no longer access RMBC accommodation. She was referred to Target Housing by Key Choices in conjunction with the NHS Pathways Development Service and in August 2014 moved into Supported Accommodation with Target Housing.
Julie had a diagnosis of severe Personality Disorder and as soon as we had accepted her referral we linked in with Pathway’s Housing and Resettlement worker.
When she first moved in with us Julie was extremely reserved and untrusting. She barely made eye contact and lacked in confidence. She asked us never to go behind her back, even in a crisis. Over the coming weeks and months Julie realised that she could trust her Support Workers. She began to open up and learned that she could ask for help without being judged.
Support Workers accompanied Julie to her appointments at Swallownest Court but following one emergency meeting Julie decided to withdraw from mental health services as she felt misunderstood. She stopped taking her medication, started smoking cannabis and her mental health fluctuated. Target workers continued to support Julie and responded when she was in crisis, taking her to her G.P.s and offering practical support.
Gradually Julie started to recognise that she needed more support around her mental health and re-established her links with Swallownest Court.
Over the coming months Julie’s relationship with her parents improved. She had more contact with her two children and her confidence grew. Because of this Julie wanted to be nearer to her family and when a vacancy became available in one of our properties closer to her parents, she was moved.
Julies’s self esteem continued to grow. She attended Target’s craft groups and said that she was interested in learning Sign Language. A course was sourced which she attended and thoroughly enjoyed. Julie took up voluntary dog walking in her local area and volunteered with Target Housing’s maintenance team.
Her worker from Pathways managed to put a case together stating that at the time of the arson offence Julie was mentally unstable. RMBC subsequently reversed their decision to suspend Julie from the housing register and quashed her arrears.
Julie successfully bid on a Council property. We referred her to Action Housing’s floating support service and reassured Julie that we would continue to work with her for a further three months. This ensured that a robust support network was in place during this vulnerable transitional period.
We accessed the St Martins in the Field Vicar’s Relief Fund and Julie was able to purchase a bed, cooker and fridge freezer. Julie moved into her accommodation in June 2015. Her access to her children increased and she was allowed overnight and weekend visits. Target continued to support Julie in conjunction with Action and Swallownest Court.
Julie formed a relationship and became pregnant. She wanted to move even closer to her family and moved into private accommodation a couple of doors up from her parents. With support she stopped smoking cannabis, reduced her medication and attended all relevant appointments. When Social Services became involved due to her pregnancy Julie became anxious. She asked Target staff to attend a meeting with the midwife, social worker, CPN and Action. This was held at Target’s offices. Julie had her baby in April 2016. She remains drug free and Social Services have withdrawn as she is no longer deemed a risk to her child. Her relationship with her other two children and parents is excellent.
Julie still keeps in touch and sends us regular updates via text.