‘I have signed up to join the Peer Mentoring and volunteer training at Summit House. I am hoping that volunteering as an administrator will help me to learn new skills, plug the gap in my CV and maybe lead to paid work’

Michael suffered a work injury on building site over 10 years ago he was left in constant pain and found not working both disheartening and depressing.

Over the years he looked at jobs, even applied for a few,  but grew further depressed at the lack of replies and interviews. Michael heard about the Directions Drop In Day by the BBO Bridges project at Summit House from someone at a local library and though he would give it go. 

Michael explains:

“I have to admit was a bit suspicious and sceptical - I needed reassuring that taking these first steps weren’t going to lead to me losing my benefits or being forced back to work before I was ready’.

‘I sat with Darren, BBO Bridges Project worker at Summit House, and he just listened. I was introduced to three other people that were also interested in joining the informal weekly drop in sessions on a Wednesday and we all got on like we had known each other for years.'

‘I really enjoy and appreciate the open honest environment at Summit House, they have a way of saying it as it is but supporting you to remove those barriers. After just four weeks with the programme I felt ready to take a health and safety course, my first accredited course in years. Now ten weeks later I have signed up to join the Peer Mentoring and volunteer training at Summit House. I am hoping that volunteering as an administrator will help me to learn new skills, plug the gap in my CV and maybe lead to paid work in the future.”