Shaun's story

My experience with Double Impact has been a great journey, from being addicted to alcohol for more than 30 years to changing my life around and being sober for 5 years this year.

With the help and support from DI giving me a chance to volunteer as a Recovery Support volunteer for a few years, then offering me a position as a Recovery Connector as paid part time work has been amazing. To help other service users that are struggling with drugs or alcohol and to see them finally start getting their life back on track again has been very rewarding for me, to see the spark in their eyes again and feel life is worth living makes a great difference.

I’ve got nothing but the upmost respect for all the staff at DI as they have always had time for me, and the Towards Work staff have been amazing helping me with the CV and personal specification to find full time employment, which I have now achieved as a care and support worker with mental health services.

If someone had said 5 years ago to me, you will be in paid full-time work, I think I would have laughed, but the help that I have had from Double Impact in recovering from alcohol and getting into work is outstanding.

I will always be grateful to Double Impact as they have helped me and many other people live again.