RECOVER has given me something to look forward to – It’s the light at the end of the tunnel for me. Here you’re asked what you’d like to do, not told. I don’t feel isolated any more and everyone on the team supports each other and it’s exciting because you never know what’s coming through the doors. There’s more movement and flexibility in my back, I can concentrate more and speak to new people. When I’m not here I can’t wait to get back – I love the place.
I started with RECOVER only 5 weeks ago to help me with my recovery by keeping busy and get me back into a work environment. I have met so many lovely, kind, caring people who have helped and supported me. I am learning so many different skills. Everyone is so happy and proud of me and for once I’m proud of myself.
I was in a very dark place when I started at RECOVER, and working there seemed like a good place to hide myself away from the world. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The people I’ve met here are more worldly than I had experienced in any workplace before, and they accepted me from the beginning, warts and all. I have learned so many skills, both furniture related and more general life skills. I’ve learned to feel pride in myself and my achievements. My family who were nervous about my mental health and the effect that work would have on me have been amazed at the change in me and the fact that I really enjoy coming into work. I have even got to the point where I feel confident enough to apply for paid jobs, although I would be sad to leave RECOVER. I feel now that I can use my experiences to help others and hope one day to be able to become a Psychotherapist.
Being at RECOVER has been the best thing I have ever done. It has given me confidence, a career goal and purpose. I am the happiest I’ve been since I can remember. I have, and am continuing to learn so much here. It has helped me realise what I want to do as a career and is really helping my depression. Everyone we work with is lovely, we all get on well and are understanding to each other’s circumstances. My family and friends have seen a huge difference in me and comment on how happy I am now and that I’m so much more positive.
Thanks to Recover my Mother has a daughter, my daughters have a Mother, and I have a life.