Acknowledgements

Living in the manor has changed my perspective in many different ways, one of them being how I see myself and how different I will live my life due to knowing I will succeed.  

Before coming into the Manor I knew I had a problem, a problem I did not understand and did not have control over; this problem was a drug addiction, this impacted my life to the point of losing everything I earned, loved and believed in.

When I came Into the Manor; I had the opportunity to meet people who had if not the same but worse problems as me, this helped me as I realised I was no longer lost, misunderstood and on my own, I found people who wanted to change and live a better life. Working with Sharron, Alison and Gregg helped me realise who I was, how strong I am, what I can achieve and guided me through my journey.  

From one to one sessions, group meetings and continuous motivation and encouragement from the staff I grow stronger every day. I understand who I was and why I made bad life choices but from the day I step foot into The Manor Women’s Project, that all changed. 

I have achieved more than I ever thought I could! I have completed a two year course studying business management level three at Walsall Collage with triple distinctions, gained five different level two qualifications throughout the home learning scheme, and am now I am going on university to study within the institute of health.

Although I know it is me who has stayed focused, been determined and fought through the war of addiction, it is thanks to the staff within the Manor Women’s Project that I am going to prosper and thrive in life. I will never be able to thank them enough for helping and supporting me in who I am and what I will achieve now my journey with them is over.

Sharon, Alison and Gregg; thank you for being on my side when I needed you and correcting me when I was wrong, you have saved my life and shown me who I am capable of being.

You will always be in my heart, I love you all.

 From K. Age 22 xxx

 

From the person that came into the Manor Project to the person I am now still shocks me as I never knew I could become who I am now. When I first came in I didn’t think there was no hope for me to change and get sorted out, this was because since the age of 7 some sort of shit was happening up until age 36. I’ve been abused sexually, emotionally, physically and kidnapped, most of these happening all the time throughout my life. I thought I could block memories with drink and drugs but then my habit became £800-£1000 per day. I lost my kids, house, job, family and friends and it came to the point I didn’t want to live anymore. I have done a lot of bad things to get money and I’m not proud of it, it makes me cringed to think some of the things I’ve done. When I first moved into the project I didn’t think I was going to make it.
Since coming here, we do group work twice a week and I cannot rate the group sessions enough they have helped me in some tough situations which the old me wouldn’t of knew how to deal with them or cope. We also have one-to-one sessions as many times as you need. You can have them every day if you need them. These have helped me when I’m angry, happy, having bad thoughts, when to much thoughts are going through my head or just generally having a bad day. At first I didn’t think I’d talk, but I learned to trust and they have helped me a lot but the staff here are amazing, well they’re my family now and I know that if I rang them at 3am in trouble or if I was going to do something stupid they would come and get me no questions.
I have been here 21 months now and it has been hard. I have had one little blip and it’s made me more determined.
Since being here I have done 3 level 2 distant learning courses and passed, i’ve passed level 1 in health and social care and I have enrolled to do my level three diploma in counselling skills. I’ve got regular contact with my girls now and my family are slowly coming back. I’m slowly getting my life back I know what I want to do.
This place has saved my life and I love the staff to bits, so if you are ready to change your life and I mean you do have to be ready, then this place is for you. Please don’t expect it to be easy because sometimes it’s not but it’s definitely worth it, I can promise you that.
L. Age 37

 

Card received from a clients parents.

Dearest Alison & Greg

Who thought when this first started, it would end like this. We are so proud of her, but a big thank you to both of you and all the staff who helped. let’s hope some of this rub’s off onto some of the other girls. When I first met you both I felt I had lost my daughter, but you have returned her to me. With your hard work and ***** ‘s, it has put a smile on all our faces.

Big thank you again

All our best

 

Client 1- I was a heroin and crack addict for 9 years living here and there and committing crimes to feed my habit. I found myself pregnant and social services telling me I had no chance of keeping my unborn baby and they would remove my child straight at the birth, after contacting the Project I was given an interview the staff here are amazing people and for once I met professionals who wanted to help me because they cared, I was given a room and social services agreed to let me keep my baby. My child was on the child protection register due to my drug use and domestic violence from my previous relationship, after being at the Manor Project for 13months my child is no longer on child protection and there is no social services involvement whatsoever i am currently clean of all drugs and continue with the staffs support 2 stay this way, I start college in September and my life is moving forward there is no looking back now and that is thanks to all the staff at the Manor Project, Me and my daughter wouldn’t be here today without there support and guidance its ashame there isn’t more places like this.

Client 2 – Hi, I was addicted to heroin and crack for a period of 12 years and also come custom to violent relationships. I was introduced to the Manor Project in 2007 by Horizon House Wolverhampton by my key worker at that time .. Which was truly the best decision I have ever made. I was at rock bottom with my raging drug addiction and had enough of the violent relationship I was in at that time. So I left Wolverhampton and went to start over at the Manor Project in Walsall. I was determined to make a better life for myself and with the help of the staff at the Manor Project I have succeeded successfully I was at the Project for a total of four and half years where I learnt coping skills, learnt about consequences of actions and also there is a family kind of sense about the project. The support network was very beneficial, I also had a lot of one to one support sessions with Greg whom is the senior support worker at the project. Which got me through some tough times which I am so grateful, I then went on to achieving many qualifications including an NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social care whilst at the Project. I have also passed my driving test, which is a great achievement for myself as it has been a lifelong goal. I am now seven years clean down the line and in full time employment at a rehabilitation centre doing and enjoying the job I love. It has not been easy but it has been so worth it.