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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Life can sometimes seem to have a way of pulling the rug out from under our feet just when we least expect it. Brian had been making his way to work when he has hit by a van – he ended up in a coma and spent best part of 2 months in hospital. When he was discharged and made it home it was a difficult coming to terms with life after the accident, because of his injuries a return to work wasn’t possible. Brian didn’t know what the future held and what he’d be capable of. Then a friend told him about Handcrafted…. Brian takes up the story
“Richard said to me ‘Why don’t you come along to Handcrafted, and you’ll be able to help people?’ So I started coming along and things just seemed to fall into place. I’m still recovering and a lot of people are helping me. I’m not fully where I want to be yet but Handcrafted is a big help. It gets me out and I’ve started to do things that I’ve not done since school and I feel better for it, as all I would have been doing was sitting in the house doing nothing, dwelling on things that have happened.
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