Some Of Our Success Stories

Vinroys’s Story

Vinroy had been married for sixteen years and had three children; he thought his life was complete. Regrettably, this situation changed – the marriage broke down and his wife asked him to move out.

After leaving the family home, his only option was to sleep on a friend’s sofa. During this period he also lost his job, and it became apparent that he had outstayed his welcome at his friend’s house. Unfortunately as he hadn’t got a two year local connection in the catchment area, the council couldn’t assist him with accommodation needs.

He therefore began sofa surfing at another property whilst receiving support from a local charity, who referred him to LEAP. We were able to find Vinroy accommodation in a hostel, and advised him to visit his GP to seek assistance with some mental health issues that had begun to arise. Sadly at this point, he had begun to believe that his life was not worth living.

This is when his life began to turn around. Here at LEAP, we were able to introduce him to the wide range of opportunities that were available to him. After a period of engaging with LEAP and receiving their advice and support, Vinroy says,

“I’ve never felt so great! I’m back on my feet, I’ve got a life again and I’ve never looked back.”

He also said that he felt inspired by LEAP, and feels that without support from the whole team, his life would have been very different.

He now has his own accommodation and has been working as a carer; a perfect role for someone who loves helping people. In his own words,

“It’s the best job in the world.”

– Vinroy

Gary’s Story

“When I started with LEAP an opportunity came up with The Feed. I recently helped with an event for Unison on their 25th birthday at Norwich City Council. I like being within a busy team and getting to know people who I work with.

I have learnt many things, like how to make muffins, I thought that they went well and I met the head chef. It was good fun. The Feed and LEAP have helped me to be myself, they have opened up my opportunities for the future which I have been working extremely hard to achieve, given me so much confidence.

I now have a job. The whole experience has been so great, so thank you for everything.”
– Gary Maclaurin




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