This report looks at how people manage difficult and traumatic transitions. For some transitions such as leaving prison or care, unemployment or the end of a relationship can trigger a positive change. For others a difficult transition can undermine and destabilise lives, leaving people struggling to adjust to a new situation.
By analysing the experiences of people going through transitions, this report explores what helps make a successful transition and what role the service providers can play in supporting those who are most vulnerable.
This work was part of the Young Foundation’s Mapping Unmet and Emerging Needs programme. The programme brought together a coalition of more than a dozen independent foundations and funding bodies to develop new insights into how social needs in Britain can be prioritised and met. Through an innovative research methodology, combining qualitative, quantitative and secondary research, the two-year project provided an independent overview of changing needs, as a complement to existing research and to guide the policies and actions of foundations, government and civil society.
The findings of the overall programme are presented in Sinking and swimming: understanding Britain’s unmet needs published in December 2009.