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Nicholas's story: Breaking the habit

Pluss Positive People - West Yorkshire 03 March 2022

A family man with children, Nick was running his own successful business as a plasterer until he developed a problem with drugs and, when he realised the impact it was having on his life, he reached out for help.

He contacted Turning Point – a national organisation that works with people in need of support to combat their drug and alcohol use, mental health, offending behaviour, unemployment issues and people with a learning disability. They, in turn, referred Nick to Hopeful Families from Pluss.

That was back in 2015.

The team from Hopeful Families worked with Nick to give him the one-to-one support he needed. He was given a ‘Better Off In Work’ assessment to weigh-up how his benefits would be affected by having a job, and completed a workshop to help him update his CV which meant he could apply for work.

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Hopeful Families helped me with my confidence and to understand how to get what I want. They took their time to reflect on my needs, set aims and mentor me.

Due to his Cocaine addiction, Nick had been unable to have access to his children but Hopeful Families gave him the hope and support he was looking for. “I found the one-to-one support sessions very enabling. They gave me clear direction as well as practical help,” he says.

Clean and sober

Nick has enrolled with a training provider We Find Any Learner – an organisation which matches people to funded training courses using leading training providers nationally – and has begun his Maths and English assessments which will enable him to complete more courses including Understanding Mental Health and Mental Health First Aid.

He’s now secured his own flat and a role working with Huddersfield Building College, facilitating students to learn to plaster.

Nick says he feels his life is looking more optimistic and is feeling uplifted for the future: “I found my appointments very practical and specific to my needs,” he says.

“The help with job searching, interview skill, applications etc was fantastic and I’d like to thank Jill and all the team very much!”

Nick is now a peer mentor with Turning Point, having been clean and sober for 12 years, and eventually hopes to find a paid role doing this kind of work.

We wish him lots of luck with all his future plans.

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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