This is his story:
I’ve had a troubled background including a spell in prison and substance misuse. I knew I wanted more out of life so I sought help – and I found it with Street Connect. This is a wonderful organisation who works with people like me and helps us to believe we are capable of more than we ever thought possible.
I was referred to Street Connect by Winchester House in the Scottish Borders. This is the place and the people where I got my life together. I found friendship, faith and the tools to ensure I lived the best life I could.
It’s a journey – and the road can be bumpy at times – but I’m doing so well now.
I got involved with Street Connect, who offer support to people with a whole lot of complex issues. They offered support and understanding when I needed it most. They helped me to find the Taster course at Volunteer Glasgow. This programme is so much more than trying out volunteering. It helps with overcoming loneliness, making new friends, trying different things to see what you enjoy best, and have a greater awareness of the diverse support networks in Glasgow. I also realised that without volunteers, none of these excellent much needed services would exist.
Now I am quite active in a number of voluntary organisations that seek to make a difference in the local community. I am currently an Intern with Street Connect, where I split my time doing support work between Recovery café’s, Springburn AOG and Glasgow City Mission. I’m also part of a great new initiative called Glesga Roasters.
This is a not-for-profit small batch coffee roasting project, seeking to fuse three passions.
- Rehabilitation, mentoring and training towards employability for people coming out of the Criminal Justice System and breaking free from substance misuse issues
- •Sustainable development with our partners in Rwanda to produce and export high quality coffee.
- •Deep appreciation of and commitment to superb, ethically sourced, high quality artisan coffee.
We believe all people, despite their backgrounds, have the potential to flourish and contribute positively and productively to society and to transform the communities in which they live. Everyone deserves a 'second crack' at life. I’m so proud to be part of this great project
I’ve so many people to thank for helping me to get to where I am today. Julia & Ricky who founded Street Connect. Pastor James Faddes – Glesga Roasters. Jim McGlaughlin – Springburn Assembly ofGod. Jim Watson – Barista Training Academy. Davie Harper from Glasgow City Mission. Chic Kingsman from Broken Chains in Ayrshire. Francine from Volunteer Glasgow. Joe Whitelaw from Glasgow Council on Alcohol - Elevate.
Everyone can volunteer! Everyone can get support and help! Do it! You won’t regret it