(Our client’s name has been changed to protect their identity)
In Daniel's words:
"I needed a lot of support, but I was not aware how I could access it. It felt daunting to think about it and so it was easy for me to 'give up'. Once I came to the Chichester Hub, I knew straight away that this was the place that I could really use to get me back on my feet and back into society
I had issues with debt bringing financial stress. There was a lot of support and advice from the staff at the Chichester Hub who gave information about other services who could help me further, now I have cut my debt down and manage my finances so much better. Thanks to the staff who sit on the Housing Recovery Panel, The Mental Health Team Leader, all the Project Workers and the Volunteers who gave support, advice and encouragement.
I have received support in Housing, budgeting, emotional well-being - anything that I have ever had an issue with and that is a great thing as sometimes the little things can prove costly. So for clients to receive all round support is essential.
I had a family breakdown and I had nothing worth fighting for except my children, so I knew I had to recover for them. So my Journey started! I had nowhere to live, and now I am moving into the Housing First Model; which for me is what I prefer as then I have next to no chance of relapsing. I had problems with drug misuse now I am nearly clean from using substances. My focus is to move to Sands (Stonepillow Recovery Service) to continue my abstinence and recovery. For future clients accessing support must know to help themselves by letting others help them. Don't expect to be met half way if you don't show commitment to recovery...like I first did!