“ The staff have been amazing. They’ve stuck by me.”
When I was on a Drug Testing and Treatment Order (because I’d had a long standing drug addiction) I was put forward for the Beginners Cooking Class at Cyrenians. I was just starting to come out of addiction and into recovery then. It was really early on, just the first few weeks, so having that bit of structure in my day really helped.
I then applied for a volunteering opportunity at Cyrenians Good Food and began helping out in one of the classes and lunch clubs once a week. Now I’m learning how to become a cooking trainer myself! I’m about to start volunteering in the next couple of weeks doing English language teaching. I did a degree in English Literature and I’ve never really used it so it’ll be good to tie all this in.
I’ve now been clean for a year and I’m thinking about moving onto work. Two years ago none of that was even in my sights. I never thought I would work again because I was in such a mess.
Cyrenians has been such a life line, helping me move on and giving me continued opportunities to volunteer and learn. It’s been life changing.
The staff here have been amazing. They’ve stuck by me, even through blips I’ve had, and supported me. It sounds so cheesy but it’s like a family. Even just sitting down once a week at the lunch club and meeting everybody here. It gives you the hope of moving on to better things. I can’t praise the place enough really. The training is amazing in itself, but I was mostly coming along more to be part of something and part of the group here.
My family now tell me that I’m basically back to the person I was 15 years ago. It’s quite overwhelming. I was in Homeless Accommodation before and now I have my own place.
Sometimes, life just happens. Cyrenians are there when it does. I’m the proof.
For 50 years Cyrenians has journeyed with thousands of people like Jane in tough realities, helping them transform their own lives for themselves, but there is still much to do.
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