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Michelle's story: Breaking bad habits

Pluss Positive People - West Yorkshire 10 June 2022

Like many others, Michelle was recommended to the Pluss Hopeful Families service by a friend.

Michelle was keen to try to break some of the bad habits she’d fallen into during the Covid lockdown. She had found herself spending far too much time playing computer games and had become anxious about getting out and about and back into the community.

Her aim is to become a security worker and, since joining Hopeful Families, Michelle has obtained her Door Supervisor badge.

Hopeful Families is a community programme run by Pluss and a team of five West Yorkshire voluntary and community partners which is jointly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund.

Michelle came to Hopeful Families with a variety of challenges to try and overcome. She was only eating one meal a day, her confidence was low, she had a lack of motivation and her general health needed attention.

Michelle was also mourning the death of her mother, who she had been caring for over the past seven years.

A change in direction

Working with their partner project BBO Groundwork, Michelle has been supported by giving her some of the tools required to begin to work on those challenges. She has improved in leaps and bounds. She was introduced to various groups and activities and signposted to organisations that could support her with her learning and general health.

Michelle wanted to share her story because she is now much more confident and optimistic about her future. She has applied for a new role in the security industry and is currently awaiting a call to invite her to an interview.

Hopeful Families and BBO Groundwork offered such a helpful service,” she says.

It got me out and about and trying new things. I am much more confident.

“I felt, prior to Hopeful Families, that I had been bounced around from one service to another and I was struggling to cope.

“Being with Pluss’ Hopeful Families is really helping. I even have ‘violet’ glasses for my dyslexia, now.”

Michelle’s knows her life has now taken a whole new direction, she’s aware there’s still work to be done but she’s also confident that she can win! We wish her all the best as she continues to grow in confidence and break those bad habits.



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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