Giampiero started work as a support worker
Before, a challenge was an excuse to walk away. Now, it’s a way to prove myself. And I’m smart enough and strong enough to ask for help if I need it. I want to pass this message onto the people I work with. I used drugs basically all my life. I was a functional user, working as a waiter, alway...
Decoda started work as a support worker
Having somebody there to talk to and to support you - it can change your whole perspective. I’ve had hard times and not known who I could turn to. That's why I want to find a job in social work. I'd like to help others in the same position. I moved to the UK after an awful event made it unsafe...
Martin is training to be a support worker
I've been homeless three times in my life. I've slept in my car, a dilapidated caravan, even a hay barn with only some stray cats and dogs for company. The last time I was living in a shed and was being harassed to leave. On top of this I was addicted to alcohol, suffering from withdrawal and men...
Susana is training to be a support worker
The biggest motivation I have is my kids. Even when I’m low, I know that I have to do right by them. Part of the reason I want to become a family support worker is to help other young mums. I can show them that being a single mum doesn’t mean you can’t be a great parent. I became homeless aft...
Stephen is training to be a support worker
Some people say you’re born an addict, but I don’t think I was. My dad had struggled with drinking throughout his life and died when I was 16. I felt sure I didn’t want to be anything like him but growing up on an estate in south east London it seemed the only people not using drugs were the poli...
Dave is training to be a support worker
What's my main goal now? To better myself and to grow. I want to do this line of work so I can help others going through the same journey that I have. I became homeless more than five years ago due to my addiction. I had problems with alcohol since I was young. It got to the stage where it wa...