From the age of 14, I always saw the lifestyle of drugs and crime as exciting, lots of money and recognition which appealed to me as I was quite a shy and quiet child, never really noticed unless I did something wrong. I spent most of my adult life addicted to heroin and going in and out of jail and rehabs never succeeding in getting clean.
At the age of 47 I decided to become more determined to change my outlook on life. On the 29th of September 2012 was the last time I took any kind of drugs and decided to turn my life around. With the help of two psychologist, I began to work through issues from my past, and learn to understand myself better. After 18 months of self-discovery, learning about my flaws and eventually being able to look at myself in a more positive way and so gain a better outlook on life.
In 2016 I began volunteering firstly for high level where I first came across a person-centred approach to recovery, I began a level two counselling course and started to facilitate groups both at high level and probation service. This helped build my confidence, which helped me to believe I was more worthy than a life of drugs and crime, and that my experiences could help other people.
2017 I started volunteering on the pass it on scheme for sanctuary trust, working in the local soup kitchen and helping at The Step project when needed. I very quickly became employed by sanctuary trust as a crisis worker, helping identify rough sleepers, and working with the homeless sector or RBH to place service users into emergency accommodation.
I now continue to work as a crisis worker but also work in Halsall House abstinence hostel, supporting people with their own addiction problems and other homeless issues.
Since the covid crisis my work as a crisis worker has developed into a more multi agency role, in my role at Halsall house I see myself as a role model and what can be achieved by the residents, if they put in the hard work and remain abstinent, focusing on their futures.
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
Thanks to the Pass it on Scheme, Ian is on Track
Hi, my name is Ian Beasley and I work on the RSI team for the Sanctuary trust, I started out as a Pass it on Volunteer in early 2020. I will be forever grateful to the Sanctuary and the Pass it on scheme for the opportunity and faith they have shown in me over the
People can change
My name is Rob I am the Development Manager at Sanctuary Trust. My Job consists of the development of all Sanctuary Trust projects and future development of the charity. Like lots of Sanctuary Trust staff I have lived life experience and have experienced many of the same issues the people we support across the charity
From the age of 14, I always saw the lifestyle of drugs and crime as exciting, lots of money and recognition which appealed to me as I was quite a shy and quiet child, never really noticed unless I did something wrong. I spent most of my adult life addicted to heroin and going in
Albert was street homeless after losing his tenancy due to debt problems. He could no longer deny his gambling had become a problem; Albert needed to take some action. Following a successful assessment process, Albert moved into Halsall House abstinence project to begin his journey to recovery.
Stairway to success
Brian’s Story I was just 12 years old when I started using cannabis. It wasn’t long before I was addicted to heroin and committing shop lifting offense to fund my habit. This was my life; drug addiction, crime and homelessness. In 2015, I decided I wanted to change; I attempted abstinence but unfortunately relapsed. Using