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Job success for volunteer on our Council

21 April 2016

A former alcoholic has secured employment after eight months volunteering with our Service User Council.

Sue, who is in her forties, has made long-lasting positive changes to her life after serving a prison sentence for Affray.

She successfully stopped drinking after receiving help in supported accommodation and through counselling.

To occupy her time constructively, Sue started long-distance running and joined our Service User Council. Eight months on she secured a job as an Engagement Team Member with User Voice, the organisation we work with to manage our Service User Council.

Sue says: ‘The Service User Council gave me a much-needed boost on the path I’ve chosen.

More importantly, it helped me to gain paid employment. I am now developing the work of the Service User Council to improve services for others in similar circumstances to myself. Hopefully, they too can turn their lives around.’

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