Life Stories

LIFE STORIES2018-12-10T17:54:36+00:00

Surviving and celebrating . . . 

In the last five years or so, Create Women’s Project has helped many women transform their lives in ways they never imagined.  We would like to thank the following for generously allowing us to share their very personal journeys.  (Names have been changed).

Janet’s Story

“Janet” first contacted the project in January 2017.   Janet had previously been involved in prostitution, was extremely socially isolated, and was suffering from severe Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety.  She had also just been given a notice of eviction from her landlord and was finding life extremely hard to cope with.

Initially the project worked with Janet through its outreach activities, providing her

with practical support for her housing situation, arranging secure safe temporary accommodation. We were also able to offer financial inclusion support, applying successfully for benefits that she was entitled to, renegotiating her repayment terms for outstanding debts and obtaining grant funding.

Janet is convinced that the initial hands on help she received was literally life-saving.

“If it wasn’t for Create Women’s Project I don’t know what I would have done. I was just about coping but when I was made homeless it completely threw me. I hit rock bottom and wanted to just end it. The support I got definitely prevented me from going back into prostitution, back on the drugs or doing something stupid. I can’t thank you enough”.

Once Janet’s housing and financial situation was stabilised, we were then able to talk about other ways in which she could engage with the project, and ever since she has been a regular participant in all sorts of activities.

Previously Janet barely left her house due to her poor mental health and in particular her anxiety, and she wasn’t able to get out of bed for several days at a time.  Through our on-going support Janet is now seeing a psychologist regularly, receives counselling on a weekly basis and continues to work with the project on achieving her aspirations and goals that she now has for the future.  Janet is a regular to our drop in sessions at our offices, and is starting a computer course.

Recently, Janet told us,

“I can’t believe how far I’ve came, remember when you first met me? I barely even recognise that person now. I couldn’t even leave my house and now look at me. I feel like a different person, I understand myself better, I cope better, and I’ve got a bright future ahead of me. I can’t wait to start my computing course, and work towards my other longer term goals. I’ve never had aspirations in my life, and it’s only now that I really know what I want to do with the rest of my life, and what I need to do to get there. Small steps and all that though, eh? There’s no way I could have got here without your support, and I’m looking forward to paying back that support through volunteering with the project. I can’t wait!”

Ashley’s Story

‘A lass I used to know in the sauna had told me about Create Women’s Project and how they had helped her. I remember thinking at the time that they sounded different, I kept the leaflet she gave me, but it wasn’t until 9 months later that I plucked up the courage to actually lift up the phone to get in touch, and I’m so glad I did.’

I felt comfortable talking with Jules almost immediately, and that first call I made lasted over an hour. I hadn’t planned to but I found myself just talk talk talking nonstop about all sorts of things that I was really struggling to come to terms with. It was the first time in my life that I had been able to do that, and even after that first chat I felt better.

That was over a year ago, and I have been involved in the project ever since, god knows what I would be like it if wasn’t for their support. They have literally been a lifeline. You’ve no idea what a relief it is to be able to talk to someone who actually understands what it’s like to be involved in prostitution, and what you’re going through as a consequence.

I was a mess back then, I was drinking myself into oblivion and I wasn’t coping with anything. My rent wasn’t getting paid, in fact I wasn’t paying any of my bills I just couldn’t face anything, I just wanted to block everything out, I felt worthless. I just wanted everything to end, I wanted to end.

I had actually been given notice of eviction from my flat, and Create provided really great support so that didn’t happen, and the financial mess I was in was sorted with their help.

I’m amazed at how different I feel now, and how much I’ve changed as a person in the last year, and that is down to Jules and Create, she wouldn’t say that though hahaha, she would say that it’s been all my doing, but I know without the support I’ve had, I wouldn’t be where I am now.

Don’t get me wrong, I still have my struggles, and believe me they’re big fucking struggles but I’m more confident now, I have more self-worth, I know I have something worthwhile to contribute and Jules has had me involved in all sorts of things that I never thought I was capable of. I have done a fair bit of volunteering with the project also, it’s been great and I’m so grateful. Jules is going to get a rid neck when she listens to this hahahaha.’

Jessica’s Story

The support I have received has been amazing. Jules, having worked with many women in my situation, has understood me like no other person has. I feel safe and supported.

Jules is always so encouraging, and always sees the positives. Sometimes I am hard on myself and have a lot of self-doubt, but Jules always reminds me how far I have come and how well I am doing.

With the help of Create I first gained part time employment, and then also a place on a full time college course. I ultimately would like to be self-employed and am confident I will get the very best help to do this.

I can’t recommend Create highly enough!

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