Following the death of his mother, Barak was unable to afford to support himself and his younger sister. In his time of desperation, he turned to selling drugs and was later charged with possession with intent to supply.
Barak was admitted to A&E after being attacked and he was referred to the St Giles Youth Violence Intervention Service in the Midlands Team. The caseworkers, Lewis and Kelly, advocated for Barak, building wraparound multi-agency support, to source supported accommodation, legal and financial advice, clothing and food from the St Giles Pantry, a food hub that provides essential items and fresh produce to those facing poverty.
Whilst at The Pantry, Barak began supporting another client by offering cookery lessons and has also now enrolled on our NVQ Level 3 Information, Advice and Guidance course. Barak is now settled away from the negative influences and his sister is studying at Cambridge University.
*name has been changed to protect the young person’s identity.