Since he was referred to Cyfle Cymru by Dyfed Drug and Alcohol Service in 2017, Robert has pulled through some dark times and is now moving on with his life.
Robert, 61, wanted to discover ways in which he could refocus his life and achieve a sense of pride that he could share with his daughter.
Cyfle Cymru in Pembrokeshire launched a Creative Writing competition which, Robert explains “caught my imagination and made me realise there was an opportunity to connect with others through writing a story or a poem that would describe my journey”.
Robert submitted moving entries that were judged by Sophie McKeand, the Young Persons Laureate for Wales, who said “Stories like these are difficult to share, which is what makes them so important.” She made Robert’s entries joint winners and he will receive a masterclass in creative writing with Sophie in the near future.
Robert is now moving on to take part in many outside activities such as the John Muir Award, gardening and nature walks and has stated many times that he feels he would be lost without the involvement of Cyfle Cymru.
Cyfle Cymru is delivered by members of the DACW Consortium.
Cyfle Cymru is part of the Welsh Government’s Out of Work Service, supported by the European Social Fund.