Wellbeing – Ben’s Story


At SIG, we try to take care of Service Users’ physical, mental and emotional needs. Our Supported Housing Accommodations are not just places for them to lay their heads, we also engage them with…

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Staff Stories – Liz’s story


I have been a member of Roots for 3 years. I had been a fulltime Carer for a while and heard about Roots and always wanted to come. To come here gave me my own space as its very calming. Then I became…

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Volunteer Story – Geri


I have been a volunteer pretty much since Roots started. I used to live opposite the garden and would walk by everyday with my dog, so I saw the garden developing. I stuck my nose over one day and sai…

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Staff Stories – Sally


Sally is a 56-year-old who had very troubled teenage years and was in care. She went to London and started doing accounts then had her first child. Her second child had a hole in his heart, so she spe…

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Substance Misuse – Marvin’s Story


Marvin is an ex-offender who has mental health issues and is currently engaged with Penrose Floating Support Services from our Enfield Service.  In the past Marvin has used cannabis and has had a seri…

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Homelessness – *Mack


Mack was referred to our Pathways to Independence service in Kent, after he had been rough sleeping for 6 weeks. Prior to that he had rented a private room in a shared house. Upon assessment, it was c…

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Homelessness Case Study – James


Homelessness is a growing issue in the UK and many find themselves homeless through a variety of reasons. Below, we feature James’ story of homelessness. He was helped by out Pathways to Indepen…

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Forensic Mental Health-*John’s Story


History John is a 60-year-old male with a primary diagnosis of Paranoid Personality Disorder. He has a background history of alcohol misuse, illicit drug use, anger, and verbal aggression. On 26 Febru…

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Forensic Mental Health Case Study – *Kit


Kit is a middle-aged man with an unequivocal long history of violence and a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. His mental health was complicated and resistant to treatment because of polysubstance m…

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Women’s Service Case Study – *Meryl


Services such as our Bridge House service, where pregnant women or those with young children can reside and receive help and support are vital. They provide a safe and stable environment at critical t…

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Addiction Case Study – *Gary


Gary, a Service User residing at our Marron House service, has a history of alcohol abuse and a diagnosis of liver cirrhosis. He joined the service in 2018, after a break-down and time in hospital, an…

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Daniella


When I was 13, my mother’s boyfriend raped me during one of my visits to her house. I told my dad, who called the police. By the time they arrived, the boyfriend had left. My mother did not believe me…

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Suzana


I’m from Albania and my parents trafficked me when I was 18. I just remember my father telling me I have to do this. I didn’t really know what was happening when I was taken to Greece. I was put in on…

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Shane


School was problematic for me and I had some behavioural issues. I was then expelled from school at 6 years old! I eventually received a special needs ‘Statement’, so the school took me back. Just two…

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Rose


I broke up with my partner when I was 4 months pregnant due to emotional abuse and violence. I had worked and had a normal life up to this point. I had a difficult birth via an emergency caesarean se…

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Elaine


When I was 13, I was put into an adolescent psychiatric unit after taking an overdose of paracetamol. My behaviour at school had been deemed intolerable. I had felt ‘different’ for some time and did n…

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Duarte


Duarte was born in Portugal and had a normal childhood. He left school at 13 after primary school as he had difficulties, especially doing exams. He began working in construction at 14 with his stepda…

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Tom


I had a good childhood and my parents provided all that I needed.My first years at school were great and I made a lot of friends. However, things became difficult and I was diagnosed with colour blind…

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Declan


I want to start from where I am now and work my way back. It is easier to tell my story by starting with the positive. I am feeling reasonably positive these days because I’ve come a long way from wh…

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