Monday 3rd December, 2018

Glenn's story

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As part of Romsey Mill's Christmas Appeal for 2018, we are sharing some of the stories of lasting, positive transformation experienced in the lives of the young people, children and families with whom we work.

This change is made possible with the support and donations received from people like you.

Thank you for every gift that you make to enable those facing significant disadvantage and change to experience long-lasting change for good in their lives and the places they live.   


Glenn’s* story

(*not his real name)

Glenn first attended a Stay and Play session at Romsey Mill with his partner and children after receiving a referral from Social Care.

Both parents had separate histories of having a child removed from their care as well as domestic violence, and were subject to a supervision order along with their children and had successfully completed a residential placement. They had each experienced years of having professional involvement in their lives, but Glenn was keen to meet with Romsey Mill’s Young Father’s Worker to find out what support would be available to him.

Ben, our Young Fathers Worker, completed an assessment with Glenn. He identified that Glenn struggled to express his emotions; had unresolved feelings about having a child adopted; and was looking for work. He also identified that Glenn often felt overwhelmed with life.

Ben supported Glenn with these issues in one-to-one sessions to talk through his feelings and help him learn new coping strategies. Glenn took part in a boxing course with other young fathers to help learn how to manage emotions.

Ben also helped with looking at Glenn’s skills, CV and identified some opportunities to volunteer.

Glenn impressed the team at Romsey Mill with his enthusiasm, care for other young fathers and commitment.

He was invited to assist Ben at the boxing sessions to support any other young fathers who attended, and volunteer with Romsey Mill, to sell higher value Charity Shop items online.

The experience and confidence he gained from volunteering with Romsey Mill encouraged him to apply for a few roles and training opportunities, which resulted in him finding a job that suits his enthusiasm and skills working at a hotel.

He satisfactorily completed his probationary period and is now working there six days a week.

Glenn said he is really enjoying this position and is rising to the challenge of balancing reduced benefits with budgeting the wage he receives on a monthly basis.

Glenn said: ‘Romsey Mill has given me the tools to cope with different stresses rather than acting on the impulse.”’

‘To actually be given a role with Romsey Mill on a voluntary basis, made me feel like I was giving back and being judged for who I am now rather than who I was before.’


To make a donation to Romsey Mill's Christmas Appeal 2018 click here

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