JH was referred to WWM by an Early Help Social Worker in July 2015. This referral was made subsequent to the Local Authority’s (LA) intervention due to JH’s non attendance at school, bullying and concerns regarding depression, anger management and self-harm. These incidents and characteristics have been brought on by JH being present whilst his dad passed away in the summer of 2014. JH’s father was a chronic alcoholic and JH was alone with his father at the time of death. The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) had found JH hard to engage with and although JH had previously refused the intervention of several other services, he agreed to work with WWM on the Ventoring Project.
The Ventoring Project Worker (VPW) has supported JH to find strategies to improve his social, emotional and academic wellbeing in-order to foster feelings of improved confidence and self-worth. By working in partnership with JH’s family, school and the LA, the VPW has ensured that JH enhances his chances of living in a future without self-harm within his life. JH expressed a desire for the VPW to assist him with his English Literature academic work and has been encouraged to reflect and write about his father, as that is what he has enjoyed doing. JH also has a keen interest in animals and has also expressed a desire to volunteer for an organisation that conducts this specific line of work. The VPW contacted the Mayhew Animal Home and JH is currently on a waiting list to join their volunteer team. In further pursuit of this aspiration; Sean Mendez, the Founder & Director of Solidarity Sports has been contacted as they offer residential trips for young people who have suffered some form of trauma to work with animals on a farm in Wales. WWM are currently arranging this for JH and seeking funding from the LA in-order to facilitate, something that the Social Worker has agreed to do.
With regards to bereavement counselling, the VPW looked into a number of options for this and when the matter was addressed with JH he stated that; “I have already built a relationship with you and would like to discuss matters concerning my dad with you”.
JH confided that he has an interest in music and producing music. A meeting was arranged with C A, Youth Work Manager at the Avenues Youth Club for JH to engage in music, studio sessions. JH’s attendance at school has increased but there is a lot of work that needs to be conducted to combat his levels of depression.