Sanctuary gave me opportunity to work with them and progress with them

I used to wake up and think, do I drink or do I kill myself? It was a very depressing time, felt like this for years.

I am now at a point where I don’t feel this way. I don’t feel the need to drink, I am now 18 months sober. I still have my demons but I feel like I can deal with it better through the support I have got.

I became homeless because of my drinking. I was at my lowest point when I was put in the step emergency accommodation. They told me about Halsall house, an abstinence house where I can get support to stay away from alcohol. This was what I wanted and it was from Halsall House where I realised I wanted to spend my life helping other people with alcohol problems and depression.

The Pas it on Scheme was great for me, it gave me my first try at the work. After I left the Sanctuary I was ready to start working part time. I had already done lots of volunteer work so it wasn’t a big change really, just got paid for it this time! It feels good to pass on what I have learnt in life through the alcohol, through the depression. People tend to respond a hell of a lot better to it when they know you understand them.

I am very grateful Sanctuary gave me opportunity to work with them and progress with them.

Stephen now works full time as a project Worker at Holland House, well done Stephen! On behalf of the Sanctuary Trust, we thank you for your Service. Its an privilege to work with you

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