Post by StephenMichael on Mar 5, 2012 10:13:26 GMT
Dear Advocacy in Wirral, It is something of a miracle that started with your organisation and has changed my life forever. In 2005 I was homeless and suffering from bi polar disorder.I had no money,no place to live,and nowhere to turn for help. I remember the day I came to your office as if it was yesterday.My mother came with me because I was very ill at the time. Steve sat with me and helped me fill out my disability living allowance forms and incapacity benefit forms. From 2005 until 2008 I was still homeless but in 2009 I travelled to Essex and met a lady who helped me get work and we got a flat together. I was able to control my medical condition with the right medication and got back into work after four years of illness. We got married had a little boy and I progressed through work and now work as a project worker with homeless adults some of whom have mental health issues like me. I am now also studying for qualifications in social care and housing. When I tell people my story I always say to them that without Advocacy in Wirral my life would have never recovered. My wife thanks you,I thank you and above all my two year old son thanks you for helping his dad get his life back. Mental illness robbed me of everything,my home,job,security but thanks to yourselves the support I was given helped restore all the parts of my life that I lost. I am determined that my work with the homeless will be made all the more easy when I think of the inspiration that you gave me to help those who have no voice,no hope and nowhere to turn. Thankyou!!!
StephenMichael, your post just came in while I was composing a brief description of the rules and regs we have to apply if working within a Legal Services Commission contract, in preparation for a training session which I am running tomorrow. The training session is for Gateway Assessors, who will be expecting me to be bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, committed to the work we do, and cheerfully dismissive of any constraints imposed by our funder.
I was very moved by your post. Thank you for reminding me WHY we work for our clients.
I,m pretty much where you were in 2005 and I feel my life is a big mess at the moment, i,m really seeking some sort of direction in life myself but no ideal where to start or look even, I,ve tried to do voluntary work but seems I,m not even wanted in this sector so where is an disabled ex drug user with no qualifications to turn?
would love to help others but no ones seems to want my help as i have a past thats none to good and nothing i,m proud of.
hope you still come on ilegal as i would love to know how you got into the training your doing as social care and helping others is something i would like to do.
as far as i can tell with all the cuts there is no free training for someone like me.
if you read this and have 5 mins to help or advise I would be so gratfull...
sealover1 I thought I'd replied earlier, but I must have forgotten to click the Post Reply button. Sorry.
The Citizens Advice service - from individual bureaux - runs a very comprehensive introduction to advice, which can lead quickly to other options (if you decide that you need other options). Many trainees find that they have underestimated the time they have to commit to training. But most of them succeed.
Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Oct 27, 2012 11:50:31 GMT
Just following on from some of the very helpful comments on this thread there should be opportunities for you. Your past should not be held against you in the way you fear.
I am from the South Hams CAB (Specialist help unit) in Devon and we also serve the Torbay area. Perhaps you could give my office a call on (01803) 861525 sometime this week and we'll have a chat with a view to seeing what kind of voluntary opportunities may exist.
How's that sound?
I look forward to hearing from you.
I'm Nick from the Mylegal forum which is part of the Ilegal network.
Never thought of asking yourself about voluntary opportunities as we have met and we know each other slightly. Theres alot of people out there in the community trying to help me sort my mess out and I would just like to try and give something back to the community I live in.
anyway thanks for that offer Nick I'll give you a bell after the weekend... (Alan.C. Paignton)