Case Studies

Kieren, from Hull

"The staff have all been encouraging, respectful and helpful in any situation" 

Kieren lives with Asperger Syndrome, and had lost confidence in dealing with social situations and become isolated. When Kieren approached DO IT, he wanted to work on his personal and social development. He also wanted to gain experience in illustration, his passion, to compliment his previous study.

Alongside giving him one-to-one support, we encouraged Kieren to start making art again. As he became more comfortable, Kieren began to engage with group activities and workshops. Within his first month with us, Kieren helped work on re-branding the Goodwin’s community café. This was not only great for his confidence but also helped him build his portfolio up.

Fostering Kieren's talent, much of his work was displayed as part of a six-week exhibition at the Queen’s House Showcase. Making his own connections, he was invited to run his own workshops which he led with enthusiasm and high aptitude. Furthermore, he also gained his first commission for artwork used by the University. Kieran has also seized the opportunity to take on a placement at West Hull FM, which he will complete alongside his progression into further study.

Emalie, from Hull

"Thank you all for a great experience and I recommend to all who need help with socialising ,education or employment" 

Emalie suffered from depression and anxiety following a difficult relationship breakdown. Also having Asperger Syndrome, her confidence was low and so she approached DO IT to improve her mental health. With a passion for animals, Emalie took a six-week placement at Oakwood Dog Rescue where she continues to volunteer as she enjoyed it so much.

During Emalie's time on the project, she made friends and her confidence increased dramatically. She conducted market research for Parade '94 café, presented her findings to the Trustees and served food for customers once it opened. These were all big steps for Emalie, and it was great to see her challenge her barriers to progression.

Since finding a purpose and a new career to focus on, Emalie's mental health has improved considerably. The work she has done in the community whilst on the project led her to be one of the members who accepted an award for Outstanding Community Support in the Create to Change Awards Evening back in June. 

 

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