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Changing lives

Transcript of a piece of audio taken at Chatbout 2006, the Thames Reach conference for people who use our services. A 'voxpop' was taken at lunchtime, where people were asked: "What change would make the biggest difference in your life?"

Transcript

Q: What change would make the biggest difference in your life?

A: Ah, getting a flat.

A: To be able to read properly, because that’s what's holding me back at the moment from getting a job.

A: My sex.

A: It’s already happened: I’ve become a support worker through the GROW scheme and that’s fantastic for me.

Q: What change would make the biggest difference in your life?

A: Give me a place to live on my own, or something. A flat. There’s thousands of people like us, maybe hundred of thousands. I’m no special issue. It’s that simple.

A: There’s too many things in my life to single out one.

A: Probably the biggest change at the moment is the fact that I’m doing voluntary work. I’ve done a college course; I’ve got another one coming up. I went to prison about 12 years ago and ever since then I’ve never had regular employment, and I’m working my way towards it. I thought it was going to take me four years to achieve it, but as my self-confidence has grown as I’ve stayed clean and sober in recovery, I’m going to be working next year. But the real change for me is the fact that I’m of service to other people now. And by adopting that attitude I feel part of humanity rather than isolated from it.

Q: What change would make the biggest difference in your life?

A: To stop drinking.

A: Would make? I don’t know, but what has made the biggest difference is Thames Reach Bondway! Because they’ve turned me back into a human being. All the activities they do – it’s made a big difference.

A: Well the fact I’m not homeless and, hopefully, further on down the line, I could get my own flat to live in. Living in one room, alright, fortunately I’m not homeless and I’m not on the street, but it’s hard to feel really proud about just being in one room. If I got my own flat then I’d be able to have more pride in it.

Q: What change would make the biggest difference in your life?

A: I would like to get a bit of independence, what I’m not getting at the moment. I have everybody looking after me. But I’m not getting the chance to prove that I can do it myself. Just because I’m disabled doesn’t mean to say I’m stupid.

A: What change? My ailments. If I was better.

A: Oh, that’s a hard one, I mean…  I’ve just moved into my new flat a few months ago. At my old flat, I had troubles with my dad and his alcohol abuse meant that it was always a very stressful lifestyle and you never knew what you where going to come back to. So I feel a lot more settled down now; I’ve started doing some voluntary work and I’m doing a lot of acting work as well. The biggest change, though, I don’t know. I like to keep busy doing the things I enjoy. I’m hoping to do a course in sports journalism, so that would be something bold; something new to do.

Q: What change would make the biggest difference in your life?

A: A million pound.

A: Good question. That is a really good question. Um, myself. (Laughs)

A: Getting a flat, or moving. That’s it.