Service Manager for the Weekend Social Club

in Barking and Dagenham


I first began with Bob as a volunteer in 2007 when it was called the SUDRG. Little did I know the impact it would have on me.

It made me question the beliefs and judgments I had made about addiction. It happened by accident although I prefer to think it was fate.

My friend had asked me to go to party with her however when the day arrived something came up and she couldn’t make it.  She suggested I go along with one of her friends who I didn’t really know. I was resistant but in the end, she convinced me, and it was just around the corner from where I lived.

It was there that I got chatting to our now C.E.O Tim. He told me about this little drop in service he ran in Portobello Road for people who have drug and alcohol addictions. It sounded like an adult youth club for people with addiction problems. I was intrigued and have had my own experiences with addiction. My best friend and I used to dabble in the late 80's with ecstasy and acid, recreationally on a weekend. I quickly realised that it wasn’t good for me, but my friend continued, which resulted in 10 years of addiction resulting in her fatal overdose of heroin in 2007.   

I wanted to understand why some people got addicted and others didn’t. I had so many questions, so I took myself along one weekend to find out.  On my first day I met with other volunteers most of whom were in recovery. They were very open with their own stories and I was blown away by the sense of family between the volunteer team and the service users.

There were lots going on: music workshop, art class, shiatsu and the best hot toastie I had ever tasted.

By the time I finished that day I knew I wanted to come back, so I did the very next day. From that moment I volunteered every single weekend.  Tim and Terry were running the project at the time and the vibe of the place had such a feel-good factor that was worth its weight in gold. People were made to feel welcome, loved and supported. They weren’t judged or made to feel insignificant. At one point we had over 65 volunteers, and I knew back then that Tim and Terry had created something special.

Here I am 10 years later. A manager for the last nine, and running two projects. Throughout my life I’ve never really stayed in a job for more than a few years but in Bob I’ve found my calling.

My mum used to say, “Find a job you love, and you will never have to work a day”.

I feel lucky to have found a job that keeps me humble, a job where helping others makes my day.

A job which reminds me every day of the simple things to be grateful for.

I work within a team of great colleagues and management and watching Build on Belief grow is really something and I’m very proud to be part of it.

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