CLAIRE initially signed up to the IPS program 12 months ago. She has a diagnosis of schizophrenia and experiences fluctuations in her wellbeing; however she is expected to be able to work a max of 7 hours per week.
For the first couple of months, Claire was apprehensive. Her engagement with services was sometimes sporadic.
In the past couple of months, Claire began calling into her IPS Specialist on a more regular basis.
She was focused and made her goals clear and known.
“I want to do technical stuff, like mechanics, learn how to weld, work on bikes and motors,” Claire said.
Claire was always working on projects in her back yard, repairing bikes or building her own trike from scratch.
The IPS Specialist organised an assessment for a light mechanical apprenticeship. Claire performed well and turned out to be a good candidate, but the job was not sustainable.
A local member of the community, running a project fixing up bicycles and returning them to the community asked for help.
“I need someone to help me do this project. There are too many bicycles to fix up," the local community member said.
"I want someone who is passionate about bicycles, dismantling and fixing and 'pimping' them up”.
Claire was taken to the workshop the same day. She met with the employer, saw the bicycles, tools, grease and was sold.
In a perfect fit for both parties, Claire was exactly the person the project was looking for. Claire started work at least 12 hours per week, and she rides a bicycle to and from work.
This positive story demonstrates how much IPS can change lives, produce great business matches and create new beginnings for people with mental health issues.