Michael came to BIAS in 2011 as he was struggling financially. He had worked in construction throughout his life.
Since retiring he had spent a number of years very isolated, suffering from depression. He was unaware of his entitlement to a pension until he came to BIAS and until then he had been living on his savings. Pension services were contacted and within three weeks Michael received a large sum of back dated money. With the help of BIAS Michael was reconnected with the community and is no longer isolated, having a much wider social network. He no longer suffers from depression and is planning a trip to Ireland for the first time in 14 years.