I have suffered with alcohol addiction since my late teens, which eventually lead to mental health issues and self-harming.
After many failed attempts, I managed to give the alcohol up completely. I came to CAIS about a year ago and got the chance to volunteer.
We attended the farm and helped with the weeding, growing and planting of the vegetables, and also the building of a pizza oven. Now I am a volunteer supervisor maintaining the gardens at Bryn y Wal, and holding a gardening group there every Thursday.
The Cyfle Cymru project has given me the tools and confidence to move forward, and now I get up in the morning looking forward to the day.
I’m currently attending courses and volunteering with the support and guidance of the peer mentors in Denbighshire. I have become a volunteer mentor, and hope I can pass on what I’ve learnt to help other people on the project.
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.