Case Studies

Pat joined our MEN'd bike programme in Jan 2020. A veteran, he was struggling with his deteriorating physical health which caused him to struggle mentally. Over the weeks he not only meet like minded men and made new connections, but also learnt how to fix bikes. During the coronavirus, he noticed a local post of a NHS worker who was in desperate need of bicycle repairs, to which he offered. This simple act of pay-it-forward really made Pat's day. 

Richard* walked into the HAPPY Hub one day, tired and defeated. He had been homeless for months and the winter weather was taking it's toll. Richard was already staying in the local night shelters, but was struggling with his current circumstance which was impacting his mental health. Over a cuppa with our Wellness Mentor he opened up, and was made to feel welcome. We signposted him to additional services, and in his words gave him "hope" at creating a new life away from his addiction. 

We supported him to get a room within a house share, and today he is working full-time and still attends our HAPPY Hub, bringing in cakes and treats for the team!

At just 14 years old, Hannah Joined Bridging the GAP: Community Dinner. She wanted to do something different with her spare time, so decided that giving back to the elderly within her community was worthwhile. Hannah lacked confidence and came across as very quiet. 

Three years later, Hannah had become a Junior Motivator - taking part fundraising, creating new ideas, supporting the running of projects and events. What's more, Hannah left school and went straight into employment which she credits to the work experience and confidence gained through working alongside Motivated Minds. 

*Due to GDPR, the name have been changed and photos attached are not that of the person we helped. 

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