Jess first encountered The Hub Academy when attending groups as a client in our residential services in Stroud.
“Since the beginning of my journey in treatment to where I am today, I’m unrecognisable.”
She participated in creative therapy classes, learning skills in yoga, stained glass art, clay and pottery. Her experience at The Hub opened her mind to creative expression.
“As a client, I liked the fact that it was a place that everyone could come together to broaden their skills, to do things that they may never have done before and find new skills.”
Jess’s self-worth, confidence and skillset increased positively as she was able to improve her skills and gained experiences in completely new areas of life she had never had the opportunity to do before.
Jess was motivated to give back to the community, she proposed to start running a monthly peer-led group for people completing treatment to get ready for life outside the ‘bubble’ of treatment. The group would explore how to maintain a network of recovery-focus friends, how to access help in the community (e.g. doctors) if needed and how to access volunteering, experience and training opportunities through The Hub Academy. Peer-led groups are empowering and help people maintain their recovery by supporting one another.
As a volunteer, Jess was able to access supervision and ongoing training. This helped Jess to obtain paid employment at The Clean Plate Café, one of the Hub for Recovery enterprises, in Gloucester city centre.
“Through being held along the process [by her supervisor] to allow me to build upon my skills, I’m now in paid work…I never thought I’d be able to hold a job down.”
The Hub offered her frequent accredited training including Peer Mentoring, Addiction and Society and Trauma training, which Jess valued as it made her feel welcome as a staff member and that she had been given a great deal of trust.
“[The Hub] made a difference in every aspect of my life.”