Gary’s story

My journey with SCT began at the New Hanbury Project about two and a half years ago.

When I started I had just come from Lifeline in Hackney and I didn’t really want to move on. Lifeline was on my doorstep so it wasn’t too much effort! But I gave the New Hanbury Project a go.

I started there and was soon doing loads of classes. Literacy, computer skills, music, creative writing and relapse prevention.  I even started singing, which I’d never done before.

 "I started there and was soon doing loads of classes. Literacy, computer skills, music, creative writing and relapse prevention. I even started singing, which I’d never done before."

My first year at Hanbury was good, but I was still struggling with being punctual and in my recovery generally.

Then I was given the opportunity to start as a trainee at Paper & Cup.  On my first day I was very nervous, excited and unsure.

Now though, I love it here. I love talking to the customers: the interaction, the engaging, making them laugh.

"On my first day I was very nervous, excited and unsure. Now though, I love it here. I love talking to the customers: the interaction, the engaging, making them laugh."

And the people I work with here, they’re like friends now. In myself I’m more confident. You meet new people here all the time, so it brings you out of yourself.

Also working here has helped the way I see myself. When you’re working here you have to look presentable, you have to look good. When you’re taking drugs no one cares how you look.

Also when you’re in addiction you can’t believe you can get back to normality. But now, I’m here at Paper & Cup, I’m doing normal stuff! And I’m enjoying it!

Thank you, Hanbury! Thank you, Paper & Cup!


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Read more stories of personal transformation in The Accidental Hipster, SCT's 50th anniversay magazine (PDF, 5Mb)

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