Case Study 1
A referral for a 63 year old male who was a victim of an aggravated burglary in his own home, was made by Northumbria Police.
He was referred to Victims First Northumbria as the police officer investigating the offence felt he was struggling to cope in the aftermath of the crime. Contact was made by one of our co-ordinators, and his needs discussed at length. It quickly became apparent he was isolated, had little or no support from family or friends and was in poor health.
As a result of the offence he had become almost house bound and was struggling to get to even GP appointments and to get in his food shopping. One of our volunteers was allocated and provided initial emotional support, but it quickly became apparent that his recovery journey would be long and complex.
Whilst still receiving support from our volunteer, the case was passed back to the coordinator to try and find long term befriending support and we also secured a foodbank donation for him until he got back on his feet. Victims First Northumbria have extensive links with other charity and voluntary organisations, and long term help and support was found for him through Independent Age Newcastle.
The male continues to make good progress towards full recovery and will continue to be supported by Victims First Northumbria for as long as is required.