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David's story: "Hopeful Families helped me through one of the toughest times of my life"

Pluss Positive People - West Yorkshire 25 February 2022

David’s 30-year career as an HGV driver came to an end when he lost his driving licence rendering him unable to drive. He certainly didn’t lack motivation to find a new job; his main challenge was that he had no idea where to start.

After a referral to Hopeful Families, David was able to gather the information and direction he needed to get back into work.

He wanted to pursue a career as a fork lift truck driver but didn’t know how to go about applying for the FLT course.

He was also financially embarrassed, having some difficulty making his benefits stretch.

Pluss’s Hopeful Families project supports people who have been out of work for some time, or who have a range of barriers that are holding the back.

David was guided through a CV workshop to ensure he had the resources to apply for positions once he was qualified.

They also put him in touch with Normanton Food Bank which helped him, in the short term, to make his benefit payments go further.

David received information and guidance from several of Hopeful Families’ partner organisations, including Portland Training where he completed a Warehouse Course and a FLT Counterbalance course.

The pressures of finding himself unemployed had given David extra anxiety but he soon found himself back on track.

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Hopeful Families helped me through one of the toughest times of my life and gave me the confidence to believe in myself and my abilities

David has now secured a full-time job as a fork lift truck driver in his hometown of Normanton and says he would highly recommend Hopeful Families to anyone facing uncertainty.

Hopeful Families helped me so much and I am truly in a better place now, work-wise and financially.

“I am so glad they were there to help. Jane was a fabulous mentor and went above and beyond my expectations. They all did! The A-Team!”

David hopes to continue in his new job and is getting into a better position with his finances which had been a real worry for him.

“I just want to say a massive thank you,” he says.

We’re here for you

Hopeful Families is a community programme run by Pluss and a team of five West Yorkshire voluntary and community partners.

It is jointly funded by National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund; the programme is designed to help individuals from the region’s most socially excluded families.

If you live in the Calderdale, Kirklees or Wakefield areas and are interested in finding out how the Hopeful Families programme can help you, call us on 07341 004 949 for a friendly, confidential chat, or email

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