After 30 years of mental health issues — which lead to addiction and a lack of self-worth — I eventually built up some recovery time. I was given the opportunity to volunteer, build new skills, gain confidence and rebuild my sense of self-worth.
Following a year of volunteering, training, and attending courses, and with the support of a peer mentor who had been through a similar situation, I gained the confidence to apply for a professional job for the first time in years. I remember being very nervous, but thankfully — through the new skills I had learned and my new found self-belief — I was successful in my interview.
I now have the chance to pass on the same opportunities, skills and support which where given to me as a Peer Mentor with Cyfle Cymru.
I know the difference Cyfle Cymru has already made in my life, and in the lives of all my family and those around me.
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.