Case 4 – Released with no support
Adam was referred to us by an education worker. She had tried to get him support from other agencies but none were forthcoming since Adam did not meet their “client” profile. PPPF were approached as a last resort to see if we could help. All we were told was that he had a number of pictures that he wanted to take with him as this was a big part of his life inside.
One of our team met up with Adam before his liberation date. Adam told him that accommodation had been sorted, that his medical details would be forwarded on and that help getting his stuff back to his new place would be good. Adam also expressed a desire to perhaps get involved with us as well.
The first day out went as follows: –
- Gate pick up at 9am (Adam was delayed getting out because he literally had nothing to wear and if the prison had not let him leave wearing prison jeans and a t-shirt then he would have been getting picked up in his boxer shorts)
- Homeless status confirmed by council (this involved going to two different offices – one deals with ‘normal homelessness whilst the other deals with ‘crisis’ situations!)
- Supported accommodation found (different from that previously stated within prison!)
- Social worker appointment attended
- Registered with doctor
- Medication ordered and picked up. (No previous history passed on from the prison to medical staff – delay caused trying to get access to Adams records).
- Appointed made for bank account.
- Job seekers allowance application made. (Would have been easier if this had been sorted out within the prison before Adam left)
- Food shopping done (This was with his money from his lib grant)
- A cup of coffee in his new digs.
It should be noted that Adam was expected to do all of the above, on the first day with limited access to transport. Our team member spent a lot of the day explaining who we are, what we do and what we are trying to achieve. Some of the conversations were ignoring Adam and his needs and there were times when our team member had to remind the worker to address their comments to Adam.
One worker was particularly outspoken in her opinions. She felt that PPPF was “yet another organisation that is set up to help people make the transition from jail to the community and then disappears once the funding has been withdrawn”. We were happy to point out that we believe ourselves to be slightly different from that model…
As out team member points out – “The best bit of the whole tiring day was when Adam simply said thanks! Adam stated that he would probably have gone for a carry out or other drugs such was the nature of the task in front of him”.