This pro­gramme is so much more than try­ing out vol­un­teer­ing

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I’VE had a trou­bled back­ground in­clud­ing a spell in prison and sub­stance mis­use. I knew I wanted more out of life so I sought help – and I found it with Street Con­nect.

This is a won­der­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion who works with peo­ple like me and helps us to be­lieve we are ca­pa­ble of more than we ever thought pos­si­ble.

I was re­ferred to Street Con­nect by Winch­ester House in the Scot­tish Bor­ders.

This is the place and the peo­ple where I got my life to­gether.

I found friend­ship, faith and the tools to en­sure I lived the best life I could.

It’s a jour­ney – and the road can be bumpy at times – but I’m do­ing so well now.

I got in­volved with Street Con­nect, who of­fer sup­port to peo­ple with a whole lot of com­plex is­sues. They of­fered sup­port and un­der­stand­ing when I needed it most. They helped me to find the Taster course at Vol­un­teer Glasgow.

This pro­gramme is so much more than try­ing out vol­un­teer­ing.

It helps with over­com­ing lonile­ness, mak­ing new friends, try­ing dif­fer­ent things to see what you en­joy best, and have a greater aware­ness of the di­verse sup­port net­works in Glasgow.

I also re­alised that with­out vol­un­teers, none of these ex­cel­lent much needed ser­vices would ex­ist.

Now I am quite ac­tive in a num­ber of vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions that seek to make a dif­fer­ence in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

I am cur­rently an In­tern with Street Con­nect, where I split my time do­ing sup­port work be­tween Re­cov­ery café’s, Spring­burn AOG and Glasgow City Mis­sion.

I’m also part of a great new ini­tia­tive called Glesga Roast­ers.

This is a not-for-profit small batch cof­fee roast­ing project, seek­ing to fuse three pas­sions.

Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, men­tor­ing and train­ing to­wards em­ploy­a­bil­ity for peo­ple com­ing out of the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Sys­tem and break­ing free from sub­stance mis­use is­sues

Sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment with our part­ners in Rwanda to pro­duce and ex­port high qual­ity cof­fee.

Deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion of and com­mit­ment to su­perb, eth­i­cally sourced, high qual­ity ar­ti­san cof­fee.

We be­lieve all peo­ple, de­spite their back­grounds, have the po­ten­tial to flour­ish and con­trib­ute pos­i­tively and pro­duc­tively to so­ci­ety and to trans­form the com­mu­ni­ties in which they live.

Ev­ery­one de­serves a “se­cond crack” at life. I’m so proud to be part of this great project.

I’ve so many peo­ple to thank for help­ing me to get to where am to­day. Ju­lia & Ricky who founded Street Con­nect. Pas­tor James Fad­des – Glesga Roast­ers. Jim McGlaugh­lin – Spring­burn Assem­bly ofGod. Jim Wat­son – Barista Train­ing Academy. Davie Harper from Glasgow City Mis­sion. Chic Kings­man from Bro­ken Chains in Ayr­shire. Francine from Vol­un­teer Glasgow. Joe Whitelaw from Glasgow Coun­cil on Al­co­hol – El­e­vate.

Ev­ery­one can vol­un­teer! Ev­ery­one can get sup­port and help! Do it! You won’t re­gret it.

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