“My name’s Kev I have worked as a volunteer at the BHP for the past 4 years. I came to work with alcohol & drug issues. I’m a recovering alcoholic and have been for the past 14 years. I share my experiences with people. I’d been refused as a volunteer with many places before because of severe dyslexia, but at the BHP I was given the opportunity to help in the drop in centre. Allowing me to help others has changed my life quite dramatically”
“A young man who we met near the start of the Project has a range of different issues, mainly around anger, the problems he’s suffered have been historic since childhood. He’d never learnt to get over them just live with them. Over the years we have helped him manage his anger and better understand how to live with that and react to situations and not to explode and attack. Now he’s different. Some time ago he said he was ready to take a job. At that time we advised him that he wasn’t and should wait. He reluctantly agreed that he wasn’t ready. It would have set him back. We continued to work with this lad and in late 2011 he was ready to work, got a job and is still employed a year later.” *name changed for confidentiality
Before the Project even opened a man named Nauri came to us for help. He’d come from the Middle-East with a bag of needs, the biggest being his struggle with English, he had been pushed from pillar to post by many organisations. Whenever he got a message or post Nauri would come to us for help, as he simply couldn’t read it. Over the years that he was our client we became a part of his everyday life as he needed help with the very basics of living in this country.
I was asked to volunteer at the project at the start by John Cook. Given my life experience the chance to help people as part of a team was really appealing to me. I continue to volunteer for a number of reasons. Firstly over the years I’ve built relationships and friendships with a number of people and not only give but have benefited myself. Also, as a partially sighted man out of full time work I have a lot of time spare and think there’s no better way to spend it than trying to help people. Finally as a Christian I desire to honour that and I believe the BHP is a great way to express that faith and hope that Jesus’s ways would be seen in me.
Homeless, rejected, abandoned, angry and hurt a young vulnerable adult enters the project. She had no -where to live was highly agitated frustrated and had been involved in fighting drinking taking drugs, used and abused by the only friends she knew. Here begins a life changing, a journey one that has led to not only great changes but great joy. Many hours invested of intensive work through one to one support counselling, benefits advice, housing support working with the project team, churches other agencies and other supporters. With many setbacks and difficult battles to overcome along the way Rachael is now stable content achieving, developing and learning also volunteering which she says helps give back to others and now at last has a new home with Langstone Society