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Brenda’s story

Brenda’s story illustrates how the ‘drop-in’ services provided by some of Together’s residential projects can provide people with a sense of community and opportunities to engage in activities that can aid their journey towards wellbeing.

"I’d had a very troubled marriage for years, which resulted in some bad mental health problems for me, and I ended up in a residential home for a bit. Coinciding with coming back home, I started coming to Together’s residential service at Carisbrooke House.

I like the atmosphere, the café serves good food and is really cheap, and the staff are brilliant; always here for you, ready to help you out. My family is really enthusiastic, too. But the biggest thing for me has been the creative writing course. They suggested a short story so I wrote one but I left it open-ended and everyone wanted more. I’ve now written 130 pages, and it has just released me so much.

I’m getting out what’s inside me, my creative side, and I’m noticing other people more.”

I’m getting out a lot of what’s inside me, my creative side, and I’m noticing other people more because I’m looking for inspiration for my stories. It’s made me look outside myself, what people do, the way they talk. I’m paying more attention to my family and I think it’s helped me with my self-esteem.

I think that Together, by giving me creative writing, has done a brilliant job! I’m better than I’ve been in years.”

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