Nick's story; From isolation to budding gardener

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Due to a series of challenging circumstances, Nick, a former gardener, found himself homeless, unemployed, isolated and struggling with drug addiction. He also has learning difficulties.

Nick was referred to Pluss' Positive People programme by his local social inclusion team. He was very anxious and withdrawn when he first joined the course, and needed a support worker to assist him. He was supported by Positive People partner, Active Plus.

By week four of the course, he was engaged, enthusiastic and his confidence had grown hugely. He would burst into the room excitedly telling everyone he had been waiting all week to see them. He even started talking in front of groups about his time with Positive People.

His local council were so pleased with his progress on the course that he has now secured his own flat and moved out of sheltered accommodation.

Photo of NickNick has a passion for gardening. He went on to complete a brushcutter and strimmer course and has started working as a volunteer at a gardening project in a nursery.

This project will provide a fruit and vegetable raised bed allotment for the children at the nursery to grow the plants, fruit and vegetables and learn more about where food comes from.

Nick has measured up and produced a garden design that Alan Titchmarsh would be proud of. Crops from the garden will be used for the children to eat, and any surplus will be sold to pay for next season’s seed crop.

Most amazingly, Nick has developed his skills and confidence so much that he now attends his voluntary placement independently without his support worker.

Positive People offers a lifeline to people who are not in work to help build confidence, skills and give a sense of hope for the future. The project give people the opportunity to get involved in local communities, meet new people and have fun through a range of activities. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.

There are only two criteria for enrolling onto the Positive People project in Cornwall. The first is you need to be over 18. The second is you need to be unemployed or economically inactive. If you need our support to achieve a goal, we are here.