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Case Study

Tim, a prolific offender in his fifties, describes how VHCS has helped him turn his life around as he now heads up the team of volunteers there and is working towards NVQ customer service level 3:
When I was released from prison, I was living on the streets and all I knew was addicts, so I would end up using again. The people at Vision Housing were fantastic – they got me housed; within 48 hours I had a place. But Vision Housing didn’t leave it there – they asked me ‘what are you doing? Do you fancy doing some gardening and tidying up our office?’ So I did and I thought it’s my dream – to work with addicts and ex-offenders. Vision gave me unbelievable support. I think people deserve to be given a second chance – that’s what sank in. I needed to give myself a second chance. I didn’t know how to live, or get a job or pay my rent and bills. Just having that hand holding has made a brilliant difference. All the people that see me say that I look so well. Vision helped me see all the hurt and pain I was carrying – they helped me look with a fresh pair of eyes to see myself for who I really was. Thanks to all their encouragement and praise I’ve escaped from the offending trap. I spent my first Christmas out of prison for the last 13 years and I’ve been clean for more than a year.”