I got involved with Church Action on Poverty about two different things at a similar time really: First of all being invited to be one of the Poverty Truth Commissioners for Salford,
which was brilliant – really life-changing. And the other one was getting involved
with Self-Reliant Groups. They took an awful lot of time for us to build trust and develop good relationships, and that was with people we thought
we might never ever sit down
and have a normal chat with so that kind of really helped me to realise
that it’s not quite so much ‘them and us’. I’ve grown in confidence quite a lot
and I’ve learned lots of new skills and, you know, done stalls
and learned lots of different things and it’s sort of woken up my
thirst for learning new things again. I just really think my involvement
with Church Action on Poverty has been one of the best bits of my
recovery from addiction.
It really has made me feel like I’m equal and I matter.
And everybody does.