years ago I could not dream of a future. To me all of this is amazing.
Voluntary work with Colebrook Housing is doing me a world of good
and I would urge anyone to join. The best bit about it all - is
that it's fun - and it's for everyone.
years ago I became extremely unwell, and spent time in the local
The first six months I find difficult to remember, apart from the
fact that I know I was scared.
My Personal Low
life consisted of frequent overdoses and disturbing thoughts night
and day. I remember that the idea of time was difficult to understand.
Drop Inn - a chance to relax and take it easy
would think that a second had passed and four hours had gone by.
I did not know who or what sort of person I was.
I did not know what I enjoyed or what I was capable of - my memory
became very erratic.
I was placed in supported housing with Colebrook Housing Society
for my own safety.
I have since moved on and now attend the Colebrook Drop Inn at the
weekends. Every week a meeting called the Focus Group is held.
one of these meetings there seemed a lot for the administrators
to do, so I offered to lend a hand.
a few months later the Community Fund awarded Colebrook Housing
with money for a volunteer co-ordinator - amongst other things.
was asked if I wanted to become a volunteer. I had really enjoyed
helping out and my confidence had grown. So I filled out an application
form and had an interview.
is now studying for CLAIT
now volunteer in the office for Colebrook.
It's a great opportunity for me. I am learning and developing all
My voluntary work is also taking me on to do other things. I have
recently applied to do a CLAIT course - I can't wait for this to
the support and enthusiasm of the people here at Colebrook, I can
continue to build a positive future for myself.
Plymouth Mental Health Forum can be contacted at Hazeldene, Plympton
Hospital, Plymouth PL7 1QR