Life Stories

John

At the end of last year I felt like I was being pressurised more and more by the Job Centre. It caused me a great deal of frustration and anxiety, but it also served to get me moving, specifically by…

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Peter

I joined the Freedom Project because I wanted to get back into a working routine after a long period doing almost nothing. During that time I had been getting more and more depressed and I needed to break that cycle….

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Pauline P

I was originally on the Get Ready! programme, which was run jointly by Business in the Community and Mustard Tree. At the end of the programme I moved onto the Freedom Project because I wanted to fill my time and…

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Euan

I was originally referred to Mustard Tree by Back on Track, learning centre where I gained experiences in basic skills and cooking. The Freedom Project was something for me to do; to get me out of the house and to…

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MT

Before coming to Mustard Tree I had been through a string of major life changes. I finished my degree, my mum passed away, my mentor (who was a significant person to me) also passed away and I split up from…

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Mik

Some time ago Mustard Tree helped me out with food, a sleeping bag and clothes after a period of homelessness. This gave me the idea of getting involved so that I could help others in a similar situation. Since joining…

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BB

I joined Mustard Tree to gain work experience and to build up my confidence, having not worked for several years. At Mustard Tree I joined the office work stream and gained experience serving customers on the reception desk. I was…

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David

I joined the Freedom project so I could meet more people and so that I could put some of my skills to good use. It really helps me to meet different people from different backgrounds, rather than just the same…

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HT

I suffered domestic violence over a ten-year period at the hands of my partner, the father of my youngest three children. He used to drink heavily and take out his aggression on me. Because of this I smoked a lot…

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Matt

I have a condition called keratoconus, which means I’m registered blind. I’ve had 2 corneal grafts to try to make it better, but my vision is still bad. A charity called Henshaw’s Society for Blind People have worked with me,…

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