Things used to be tough for Paul. He moved to Erewash with his partner about three years ago. Everything was good at first, but after a while they started to drift apart and have arguments. She asked him to leave, and Paul was suddenly homeless.
Paul went to the council and they put him in touch with Derventio Housing Trust. He moved into one of our shared homes and his support worker Emma started to work with Paul to address his problems. One of the first things she did is tell him about Growing Lives - our learning project that provides mentoring and a range of activities to reduce isolation, improve health and develop skills.
Paul gets involved with everything that Growing Lives has to offer, from photography to tending to the chickens: "Because of Growing Lives my confidence and motivation have gone through the roof. There's a real sense of satisfaction, and staff recap on the day so you see what's been achieved. With me having epilepsy and dyslexia as well, it keeps my mind busy and gives me a sense of achievement. I want to take the experience and the things I've learned and do something similar as a job."