Laptops for homeless people support initiative
( An anonymised case study April 2019 )
Precious originates from South Africa and came to The Passage in 2016 when it was realised that she was in need of support to regularise her UK status. Precious was also diagnosed with some mental health problems which proved some difficulty in engaging with her as she tended to isolate herself.
Precious was introduced to our immigration solicitor who she engaged with well and who submitted an asylum application to the Home Office for her.
Precious was awarded refugee status in November 2017.
Precious didn’t wait around for her status before deciding what she wanted to do with her life, she’d decided that she wanted to enter a career in nursing, however as she had very little schooling in the past she was aware that she would have to study hard to even pass the requirements needed to go to university.
She started by attending basic maths and English classes in a community based setting and in September 2018 she enrolled as a student at a local college to study for Maths and English at GCSE level.
Precious is keen to pass her exams and progress onto an access course into Nursing. Her devotion to her studies prompted me to award her a laptop, and she was elated on receiving this.
Precious still struggles with her English literacy with English not being her first language and she has expressed that having the laptop has helped her immensely in supporting her with her studies as well as supporting her develop her day to day living skills.