Adjuvo service user enjoys cutting edge career success
Adjuvo service user Javid Ali is demonstrating he is a cut above after training to be a barber and securing voluntary employment with a local hair salon, which may lead on to a paid position.
Javid, 30, moved into Adjuvo’s Hart View supported living scheme in Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex in December 2020.
Hart View provides a home for eight service users with a range of mental health support needs.
Prior to coming to Hart View, Javid had spent five years as an in-patient at Brockfield House mental health hospital in Wickford, Essex.
Javid said: “During my time in hospital I completed maths and English courses, but also started cutting other patients’ hair on the wards. I really enjoyed it and was encouraged to go to college to train to be a barber.
“Since moving into Hart View I’ve been supported to continue with my studies and will be qualifying as an NVQ level 3 barber in a couple of months. And in the next few weeks I am starting as a trainee barber at a local salon just a few minutes’ walk from where I live. I’m really excited about starting a new job and hope this will provide me with a long-term career. Who know’s maybe one day I will set up in business myself.”
Javid is also training to work in a voluntary capacity as a peer mentor for Phoenix futures, supporting other people with mental health issues.
Javid adds: “The support I have had since moving into Hart View has been great. It’s been the right move for me and I really appreciate everything the staff here have done for me. The last year has been really tough especially when I was in hospital during Covid. But things are looking a lot better now and I can’t wait to start work.”
Hart View manager Emma Bennett said: “Javid’s progress since he moved in just a few months ago has been exceptional. He’s settled into life here brilliantly and has been working really hard to get qualified as a barber. I’m sure he has a really bright future ahead of him.
“It says a lot about the approach of the whole team here at Hart View. We strive to work with service users to achieve the best outcome for each individual without putting pressure on them. It’s about helping people on a journey towards independence and autonomy – by finding out what their goals and aspirations are and supporting them to achieve them.
“Full credit should go to Javid for developing the skills he needs for his chosen career. He is just one of Hart View’s many success stories and we are really proud of him!”