Elliot: A success story


First steps

Mencap worked with Elliot to help him tackle his confidence issues through the Talent Match Project, and supported him with getting around, teaching him how the public transport system worked. They would meet him at the bus station and support him for his first few journeys until he felt comfortable on his own. After working with Elliot and understanding his aspirations they advised him to go along to one of Active Humber’s traineeship recruitment days at Hull Royal Infirmary.

At the recruitment day he met Elliot Hakner, the programme manager for Active Humber’s traineeship programme. After the event he went on to have a one-to-one meeting with Elliot and discussed what path he wanted to take, and where he wanted to get to. From there Elliot then organised for Elliot to start a traineeship with the NHS in Hull.

Elliot completed a 3—6 month traineeship working 2 days a week with a team of 3—4 people. He had a manager who supported him and helped him to record his working activities as part of the traineeship. Before he started his traineeship, a situation like this wouldn’t have been possible for him; meeting new people and being in unfamiliar surroundings was a really big challenge but he faced new situation’s every day, and loved every minute of it.

Both Active Humber and Mencap were constantly there to support Elliot, and was only a phone call away if he felt uncomfortable, had any issues or just wanted to chat.

“I feel much more confident since starting my traineeship, and I am really enjoying meeting new people. I now feel comfortable getting on the bus on my own and I no longer worry about what people think. Each week I felt more and more comfortable facing different situations and gained more confidence as the traineeship went on. I could ring Elliot at Active Humber any time I needed to and he would give me the advice and support I need. I also still meet with Mencap regularly who also support me whenever I need it. They’ve both been great. I wouldn’t be where I am now and feeling more confident if it hadn’t been for the support from both organisations.’ Elliot - Young Health Champions Trainee

“Elliot is a dedicated and enthusiastic individual who is always willing to help. He’s a smiley, friendly and hardworking young man who wants to progress within the NHS, he’s a pleasure to work with.” Elliot Hakner - Project Development Manager


Elliot took the opportunity to do a volunteer work placement with Sewell-Group and has really shown his strengths during his time on the placement.
He recently found out that Sewell-Group would like to take him on for paid employment, to which he accepted and is very happy with the way things are going.