2020 ESF case study: People 1st - Community Family Support Programme

The People 1st Community Family Support Programme (CFSP) project supports families with high levels of need to develop capacity to reach their full potential by addressing employment, education, training, health and socio-economic issues that impact on their lives.

Improving motivation

The target group is families with a 16 to 24 year old ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’. The project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy.

This participant says she has become more motivated through taking part in the CFSP project delivered through People 1st.

The participant enrolled on the People 1st CFSP project to get help managing her mental health, improve her motivation and routine, and she was also interested in gaining her driving theory test.

Previous mental health interventions did not work, which affected the participant’s motivation and routine, resulting in her finding it hard to leave the house. This impacted on the participant being able to attend driving theory workshops to gain the knowledge needed to pass the theory test.

Family Liaison Officer support

People 1st arranged for a Family Liaison Officer to go out to the participant’s house to do one-to-one driving theory preparation. Through doing this the participant’s motivation started to increase, there was an improvement in her social interactions and there was also a better routine put in place. Regular chats with the Family Liaison Officer also gave the participant the opportunity to discuss how she was feeling to ensure that her mental state was stable.

The participant successfully passed the driving theory test and even travelled to the test location unaccompanied. This was a big achievement for the participant who would never have previously gone into the city alone. The participant’s confidence has increased through achieving a goal that she and her Family Liaison Officer set and is now motivated to keep going forward with making manageable changes to her life.

Future plans

Her future plans include starting her driving lessons and eventually passing her driving test. Once she has achieved this she will try and find part-time work, as driving will open up more opportunities for her.

The participant says,

“Having regular appointments with the Family Liaison Officer has helped my confidence and motivation. She was easy to talk to which made it easier for me. She helped me understand the theory for my test. I could not have done it without her.  Thank you”.

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