Cara's Story

Author: Chris Elliott
Posted: 17.02.2022
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Cara's Story 

Before we met Cara* she had addiction issues which got out of control and led to her spending time in prison. She didn't have a place to call home. 

Cara enrolled on our New Leaf programme which supports Forces veterans and those with an offending history on a path into training, education and employment. She explained how she felt that her past was a barrier to progressing in her life. She found talking about her feelings difficult, her confidence was low and she had been living an isolated life.

One of our team spent time with Cara in weekly support sessions which is typical for people on our New Leaf programme. A plan was created that would enable Cara to move forwards. In her case this involved taking part in our Bloom project which is a weekly meeting over 12 weeks for a group of women. You can read more on that here.

Through all our time with Cara we saw her natural flare to teach and empower others with her determination, dedication and positive outlook on life.​ After a year she was thriving in her new peer mentoring role with us where she now provides inspiration to other women to get back up when life knocks you down.​ She has a place she can call home and has become self-employed, providing a bookkeeping service as well as volunteering for other agencies.​

For more information about New Leaf including how to enrol click here.

*we've changed the name

You have helped me find my inner smile that had been buried for safety. I now just want to continue to shine.
Bloom project participant

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