“The most helpful thing about coming here is being able to meet other people in the same boat.”
Before I came to the Resource Centre I was just stuck at home feeling bored and depressed with nothing to do. I was in a wheelchair, couldn’t get out and I couldn’t see that I had a future. I first heard of the service when I was still in hospital and the Occupational Therapist brought me to have a look around. I thought it was great! It was a chance to get out of the house and it gave me something to do. I looked forward to coming every week even though in the beginning I just spent my time playing computer games. After a while I became interested in the gardening project.
By then I had a powered chair which meant I could be much more independent and I used to go out into the Centre garden to help. My resource worker got me into some computer courses. She introduced me to Lead Scotland and the Moray College. I started to feel I had a future again and it was worth getting up in the morning. She helped me build my self-confidence and I felt able to go out on my own. Mobility was always an issue for me but I have my own vehicle now which allows me to be independent and gives me freedom of choice. Before I got the car it was always very difficult to use public transport or go away anywhere. Now my wife and I can just get in the car and go where we want.
It was always a goal of mine to get back into paid employment. My resource worker helped me access the Employment Support Service. After exploring this option with them I realised that going back into paid employment wasn’t the right thing for me. It was, however, important for me to explore this as an option. I now work part time doing voluntary work two days a week. This has helped me build up my confidence and helps me socially because I meet new people in the work environment.
My life is more normal now. My confidence has increased. I feel I have choices in my life. I even got married! I now just use my resource worker to bounce things off. She is someone I can turn to when I have any problems, no matter how large or how small. She always encourages me and she has helped me believe that I am able and can do things. I was elected as a client representative at the Resource Centre and I am also the secretary for the Different Strokes Group. I have the confidence now to speak up and say what I think. I still see coming to the Centre as an opportunity to get out of the house, socialise and as an opportunity to learn new skills. I often act as a buddy to new clients now. I like to contribute and give something back and this helps to give others a good start. It feels good to have been given the help when I needed it and now to be able to give help to others.
“Coming to Moray Resource Centre has just turned me around: it’s like starting over again”
I had a stroke in 2004. After the stroke I couldn’t read or write any more, my memory was so bad that I didn’t recognise my wife and children and my confidence was very low. I stopped going out and wouldn’t even answer the telephone. I had to give up work and just sat watching television all day. I became irritable and my friends stopped coming to visit, I felt I had nothing in common with them anymore. I was stuck in the depths of depression.
I was referred to Moray Resource Centre. I found staff and clients very welcoming and helpful. I was given a keyworker and could talk about things I wouldn’t talk about elsewhere and I could trust that what I said would be treated confidentially. My keyworker helped me get my needs met and to widen my horizons.
She referred me for physiotherapy and gave me information about what activities were available in the area. I became interested in gardening after attending tabletop gardening sessions at the
Centre. This gave me and my wife something in common and helped our relationship. I joined the adult literacy class and my keyworker gave me information on sign language classes. My confidence grew, so much so that I now work as a volunteer helping other people with adult literacy. I even went to Glasgow and Edinburgh to give a talk about adult literacy to hundreds of people. I feel that through people helping me at the Resource Centre I can now help others. I can understand where they’re coming from. I suffered a bit of a setback when my father died. I found it hard to cope and started to drink. I was able to discuss my problems with my keyworker and she helped me get in touch with the drug and alcohol services. It wasn’t long before I was back on my feet again.
My wife and son like to pop in to the Centre sometimes for lunch. We both enjoy the company and being with some of the clients who have become close friends. I can come to the Centre any time I feel down and there’s always somebody to talk to. I think I have become a better person since I had the stroke, calmer and more outgoing and a lot more tolerant and patient. I like myself more than before and my family do as well. Coming to Moray Resource Centre has just turned me around; it’s like starting over again’.
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