Edward's story

Transform enables me to actually go out and live...

Before I came to Transform, I was struggling to cope with my mental health issues. I had been living alone and was quite isolated. I became really ill and kept having to go in and out of hospital – I didn’t feel safe. My support worker felt it would be better if I had a home to share with other people.

I didn’t feel safe.

When I came to Transform, I immediately noticed it was peaceful. It is therapeutic and that has been a big part of the healing process. Everyone has been through similar experiences, so there is a supportive atmosphere and we help each other. My confidence has grown, and I feel I have been understood and encouraged by the staff. I used to find everyday tasks daunting, such as using the washing machine, but now they are just part of my normal life. Transform has helped me to recover.

I was very pleased when I found out I had won the Transform Christmas card competition in 2015. I created the image out of my head, at an art therapy class I attend in Farnham. I was very happy and encouraged with the news, and it has helped my confidence. I am looking forward to carrying on with my artwork and am also volunteering at a local charity shop.

I used to find everyday tasks daunting, such as using the washing machine, but now they are just part of my normal life.

At Transform we are people, not just numbers. Transform enables me to actually go out and live, rather than just being. Having a breakdown is like dropping a vase that smashes into pieces, which you have to put back together again. Even though it is a broken vessel, you can still use it – and Transform has shown me how.

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