Poppy

Poppy had recently reached out to the Hastings Borough Council with her new-born baby when she came on to the Live, Work, Thrive project.  Poppy had relocated to Hastings after giving up her job managing a restaurant in London.  Throughout the COVID lockdown period, Poppy was able explore her interests with a Live, Work, Thrive Coach and she decided she wanted to rekindle her passion for fashion.

Poppy was able to gain funding through Live, Work, Thrive to purchase a sewing machine and she began creating cushions and baby slings.  Alongside this, Poppy was able to join an online baby group to meet new mums and began to build her own local support network.

Poppy is moving into social housing very soon and is looking forward to developing her business in her new home for her and her son.

Nigel

Nigel came on to the Live, Work, Thrive project having been served a Section 21 Notice in the height of COVID.  He was very worried as he no longer had a Guarantor for a property and he was no longer working.  A Live, Work, Thrive Coach worked with Nigel to explore work interests with him and supported him to attend interviews.  Alongside this, Nigel was able to discuss his options and rights and worked with the Coach to house hunt in the private rented sector (PRS).  After being proactive and optimistic, Nigel was able to get first refusal on a property.  He is now settling in to his new PRS flat overlooking the seafront and is enjoying the short walk to the beach!

Fiona

Fiona joined the Live, Work, Thrive project whilst living in temporary accommodation following a relationship breakdown.  She was unsure on her rights as tenant and did not know how to look for private rented properties.  Fiona was able to sit down with a Live, Work, Thrive Coach and discuss her options.

After moving into private rented housing through a Hastings Borough Council initiative, Fiona was able to begin focusing on her career.  Fiona spent time identifying her skillsets, creating a CV, writing covering letters, and applying for jobs with her Live, Work, Thrive Coach.  Fiona is now working in a school as a dinner lady and is enjoying having the summer holidays to spend with her children.

Abdul 

Abdul arrived in Hastings with just the clothes on his back.  On the referral of Hastings Borough Council Syrian Resettlement Programme, Abdul was referred to the Live, Work, Thrive project and allocated a Coach to support him with his needs.

With the help of his Live, Work, Thrive Coach, Abdul has now secured accommodation and a permanent full-time job.  As a result of Abdul’s hard work, he has now been made the Deputy at his employer’s organization and looks after the business when the owner is away.

Martin 

Martin approached Hastings Borough Council during the start of the pandemic for help with housing as he and his partner had separated and, as a result, he was sofa surfing.  The Council then provided Martin with a discretionary placement in temporary accommodation. 

Martin has been provided with support from the Live Work Thrive project in identifying appropriate and suitable accommodation for him within the Private Rented Sector and he has now moved into his new accommodation.

Martin is receiving support from his GP regarding his mental health and wellbeing and has since been able to secure work experience at Alexander Park through the Live, Work, Thrive project working collaboratively with Seaview to obtain a place.  Martin now feels much more optimistic about his life and is looking forward to getting back into work.

Susan

Susan left an abusive partner and found herself and her child in a Refuge for just over 9 months.  Susan received one to one support from the Refuge and the Live Work Thrive project in relation to her situation and she was able to walk through a plan of action for moving on from living in a Refuge.  With this support, Susan was able to start bidding on properties whilst staying at the Refuge and managed to secure a two-bedroom flat in a lovely location via social housing. 

Susan explored with the Live, Work, Thrive Coach training available and careers that she might want to consider despite not having considered them in the past.  During these discussions, Susan identified that she wanted to work with children, maybe as a Teaching Assistant.  Having secured her housing, Susan was successful in getting a role at a school near to her location supporting children with after school activities.  As a consequence, Susan feels much more confident in her own skills and abilities having gone through her experience and she feels much more prepared to live an independent life!

Fiona

Fiona joined the Live, Work, Thrive project whilst living in temporary accommodation following a relationship breakdown.  She was unsure on her rights as tenant and did not know how to look for private rented properties.  Fiona was able to sit down with a Live, Work, Thrive Coach and discuss her options.

After moving into private rented housing through a Hastings Borough Council initiative, Fiona was able to begin focusing on her career.  Fiona spent time identifying her skillsets, creating a CV, writing covering letters, and applying for jobs with her Live, Work, Thrive Coach.  Fiona is now working in a school as a dinner lady and is enjoying having the summer holidays to spend with her children.