We are thrilled by the national-level coverage of one of our renovations on the “inews” website last week. Mim’s article explains more of what we do as an organisation and how we see prison leavers begin to stand on their own feet and gradually turn their lives around.
We are passionate to see those who are homeless or vulnerably housed for a multitude of reasons (including leaving prison) find stability and begin the journey to independent living. Twenty one people are currently accomodated in our houses, determined to change their lives for the better.
Read the story in inews here.
Speaking to Anthony today, it’s hard to imagine he was at rock bottom just five months ago when he first showed up at our workshop. It had been a tough year. Anthony had started drinking after a relationship breakup, and he lost his job soon afterwards as things spiralled out of control. Estranged from his family and living in a hostel he had nothing to lose by giving Handcrafted a try.
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Graham is a regular at Handcrafted; if you were to ever visit our workshop he’d definitely be one of the first guys to come and introduce himself and see if he could help you in anyway. You’d be forgiven for feeling he was one of life’s naturally outgoing and confident people, but the journey he’s been on to arrive at this point hasn’t been without some pretty dramatic twists and turns. He explains:
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We’re continually inspired by the progress made and the creativity unlocked as trainees get involved with Handcrafted. We asked Dean if we could share his story on our blog, and this is it, in his own words.
“I had a longstanding alcohol problem that had been going on for a number of years. It cost me everything – my relationship with partners, contact with my children, job, driving licence, car, and my own business. Eventually this led to homelessness.
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