Case Study – New Beginnings
When introduced to Liverpool Waves of Hope (LWoH) MG was living in a hostel in Liverpool . He was in poor physical health and suffered with mental health problems, as well as being completely dependent on alcohol.
Estranged from his family, he was at risk of physical and emotional abuse, in the accommodation he was living in.
Since starting with LWoH, MG has been receiving regular and consistent support from his case worker, as well as being allocated two peer mentors to help him focus on possible recovery for the first time in 20 years.
By moving to more suitable accommodation he maintained regular contact with all of his support workers who were able to put a support plan together, which led to MG’s abstinence.
The peer mentors were able to compliment the intensive support services by being a constant in MG’s life, sharing experiences of addiction, which gave MG hope and a realisation that there was another way forward.
MG now attends Waves New Beginnings courses, where he has been able to fulfil his passion of working with animals. He has taken part in equine therapy, which he felt allowed him to relate to the rescue horses, by caring and looking after them. Additionally, MG also volunteers for Merseyside Dogs Home, walking the dogs weekly, providing a therapeutic space for his recovery.
With the support of MG’s case worker he is now claiming welfare benefits and achieving financial stability, allowing him to budget and save.
MG has maintained his sobriety, made contact with his family and is receiving regular counselling to help him overcome previous traumas. He is also working with the LWoH resettlement team and other services to identify suitable move-on options.