Archive | Service Users’ Stories

Inspiring stories from or of our service users.

Day Rehab success

Sammy’s Story – Day Rehab – A Step in the Right Direction

Here at SSJ we support people facing homelessness in a variety of ways.  Many of the people we work with are battling alcohol and/or drug addiction and we work tirelessly through various schemes and projects in Hampshire, to support people with addiction to turn their lives around. One of our ex-volunteers Sammy would like to share, […]

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How Re-fit helped turn my life around – Rochelle’s Story

Re-fit is a sports, fitness and education service for people in Portsmouth who are vulnerable due to addiction, homelessness, or mental health problems. The programme is free to everyone supported by the recovery services in Portsmouth (Society of St James, Push and Portsmouth CC Recovery HUB). Re-fit provides daily leisure activities, such as badminton, football and […]

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young person mental health support

Gemma’s Story – “I never thought that I would be homeless…”

Gemma found herself homeless in 2013, aged 23, after her mental health deteriorated and she lost her accommodation when she was admitted into hospital for treatment.  Over the last three years, with SSJ’s support, Gemma has been able to turn her life around, and we are thrilled to be able to share her story with […]

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Youth homelessness

Leaving Youth Homelessness – Joe’s Story

Youth Homelessness SSJ run a specialist Youth Homelessness hostel in Portsmouth. At All Saints, we can support up to 22 young people (under the age of 25) at any one time. Very often, the young people moving in to All Saints have lived extremely chaotic lives and so we aim to provide these vulnerable young […]

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Marc’s Story – Living in SSJ’s Specialist Alcohol Accommodation Service

After a stay in rehab, Marc was moved into ‘dry’ accommodation in Southampton but, in his own words, “All I wanted to do, every day, was drink”.  He moved himself into a private-rented bedsit and began to drink so heavily that within a few months he was admitted to hospital for three-months.  During that time he […]

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A Visit To The Recovery Allotment

Recently we spoke to Sarah, SSJ Recovery Worker in Southampton, about the innovative ‘Roads to Recovery’ support groups that have been formed within the new Southampton Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service. Sarah talked to us about the Recovery Allotment and the number of benefits it can offer to people that we work with (you can read […]

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