It seems strange to think that when I first came to CGL it was a condition of my release from prison, so I literally didn’t have a choice. Now, I’m so passionate about what we do I’ve chosen to work with them for over two years!
I’d been using a lot of drugs for pretty much as long as I could remember, so when I started trying to get clean it was because I was sick of the madness of drug use. With the help of my key worker I took those first steps towards a life addiction-free.
I’ve done a huge amount of training with Change Grow Live and worked in various positions for them. As a service user rep I was responsible for representing the tens of thousands of service users Change Grow Live supports each year. Being put in a position of responsibility like that was nerve-racking, which is why I’m so grateful for the support of the team and my peers, many of whom are now close friends. Knowing that they all had faith in me and my abilities gave me a huge confidence boost.
Doing all that training put me in a great position for finding a job, and earlier this year I bagged a corker when I got the role of Engagement and Recovery Support Worker at Change Grow Live Knowsley! Getting that job when you’re up against really strong candidates shows how much Change Grow Live value me, and that your background is totally irrelevant if you work hard and genuinely care about recovery.
I am in such a good place in my life - I have both my children back in my life, a loving family that are really proud of me, my own home, and a meaningful job with a charity I respect. To anyone out there who is on the road to recovery – I know you can do it and I’m rooting for you every step of the way.
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