Bertie's Story

When Bertie was referred to Status Employment, he was living in a secure unit in a hospital for his own and other people's safety.

Bertie was in his mid-20's and after an accident a few years previously, his behaviour had become increasingly aggressive and inappropriate. Bertie had no friends, very few social skills and was prone to ‘lashing out’.

When Bertie came to Status Employment he was put onto our Football Programme, which includes office based group work twice a week as well as football training once a week, but due to his behaviour Bertie had to be escorted by a member of staff from the hospital at all times. Bertie attended every session and progressed to the point where he no longer needed to be escorted.

Bertie lost weight and gained confidence in his football skills. He joined the Status Employment football team (Status Addicks) and sometimes played as Captain, giving advice on the positions that other players would be best playing in. He also got a girlfriend.

Bertie improved so much that he was moved to secure supported housing where they employed him for 12 hours a week to do the gardening for six months.

Bertie was then moved to a residential home where he is now living independently. He has his own key, so is able to come and go as he chooses. He is responsible for cooking his own meals and helping with the cleaning of the communal areas.