Peer Support Worker in Westminster

My name is Nicky and I am the new Peer Support Worker for Westminster.

I used crack and heroin for many decades and I am currently nearly two years clean. I engaged with Turning point in 2019 when the consequences of using drugs had brought me to my knees. I had an amazing keyworker and counsellor who helped me to start believing in myself again and they encouraged me to volunteer with BOB at the Acorn Hall service.

I felt really happy and it boosted my confidence making new friends with the other volunteers there and I really looked forward to the weekends where I helped organise the food bank and welcomed the service users into the hall where we provided hot food and drinks. I enjoyed talking to the clients and helping them with any issues they were facing and made some referrals to other services if they needed other help.

Volunteering at BOB inspired me to study and I completed NVQ 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care during lockdown with the help and encouragement from the Education and Training Team at DAWS.

I was promoted to team leader at BOB and when the peer support worker role became available my manager asked me if I would like to apply for the job!

I am so grateful that BOB have given me this amazing opportunity to share my experience and offer support and encouragement to others.

Look forward to meeting you at our Westminster services.