THE start of 2019 saw the completion of our very first Veterans Programme, with successful outcomes which were relayed to an audience at our Celebration Event. Funded by Royal Marines Association, ABF Soldiers Charity and JobCentre Plus, the aim of the programme was to support those who have served in the military to overcome some of the challenges they have faced and look towards a bright future. Here we speak to Sean Moore about his experiences with us…
THE story of former Royal Marine and Police officer Sean Moore highlights the speed and severity of which a person’s life can change.
If you turn the clock back, you would have seen Sean involved in keeping peace on the streets of Northern Ireland in his role with the Royal Marines during the 1990s.
There followed a spell working with young offenders in Hull and a career as a police officer – prior to that we had spent a year with the Police in New Zealand. He then went into a role with the NHS where he was responsible for the security operations at all Hull’s Primary Care centres.
In between all of that, Sean found the time to gain a Masters’ degree in Criminology from Hull University.
On the outside things appeared fine, however Sean’s life was about to take a very different turn. When his relationship fell into difficulties, the husband and father walked away from his successful careers.
“That was the point my life changed. I left it all and left Hull, making my way to Ireland where I stayed on the West coast for a while, working at a paint balling site. I then returned to the UK, working as a scaffolder in Harrogate before coming back to Hull. I was losing my way,” admits Sean.
Returning to the city, Sean spent time on the streets before living in hostels – most recently being the Hull Veterans’ Support Centre. As his life took a further downward spiral, Sean needed medication. “You are in the hostel and that is it, you take the medication and then live from day-to-day,” said Sean.
When CatZero found Sean for the Veterans programme, the former professional was a shadow of his former self. With the medication changing his personality, he was barely recognisable as the person he once was.
However, four months on, Sean’s life is slowly but surely getting back on track. He loved the programme and, with support secured from some of the military organisations, he has a new flat and is starting courses in fork lift driving and security.
“Without CatZero, this would not have happened. I am no longer on the medication and my head feels clear. I am getting my purpose back and while I know it is small steps, I am determined to get back into work. I have the team at CatZero to thank for that,” added Sean.