Change Grow Live – health and social care charity

Real stories

Stories from service users, staff and volunteers

  • Every day my brain has to re-process all of the information coming in and make sense of it.

  • I learnt to love myself and did counselling for all the past traumas in my life. I also learnt how to move from toxic shame to healthy guilt.

  • Even though my time at Spectrum has not been long, they have taught me a lot and it has been a privilege to work with them all, providing me with lots of opportunities to get involved in new challenges. 

  • An inspirational poem about recovery written by Lee, a CGL volunteer and former service user.

  • I'm running the Brighton marathon in April as a huge challenge, and this would have been impossible without the help and support of the St Thomas Fund and the amazing peer mentor role that I'm so glad I took part in. I will hopefully raise some funds for some exercise equipment for the service, where it all began for me. 

  • I’ve been attending the CGL Family & Carers service in Lewisham for over a year because my son, who is 37 now, has substance misuse problems.

  • All practitioners have been so helpful and armed us with tools to proceed, thank you.

  • I was misusing prescription painkillers and drinking more than I used to, coupled with an eating disorder that had been with me since the age of sixteen. During the last nine months, I made four attempts on my own life and had two stays in a psychiatric unit.

  • I am now volunteering as a Regional Service User Rep and am 19 months free of drugs and alcohol, thanks to the patience and belief in me from CGL.