Ryan suffered from poor mental health and began abusing substances as a coping mechanism after becoming homeless at the age of 14. Until 2019, he had been in and out of prison and hadn’t managed to fully complete a probation period.
“I have had services in the past try to support me, but nothing helped me, and I ended up being back in prison”.
During his most recent prison sentence, Ryan started practicing Christianity and decided that it was time for him to seek the support he needed to start changing his life. Upon his release he began engaging with Tim from CAIS’ Cyfle Cymru service.
North Wales’ Cyfle Cymru project is led by CAIS in partnership with Hafal and helps people develop confidence, and provides support to access training, qualifications and work experience. The service aims to help people affected by substance misuse and/or mental health conditions to gain the skills necessary to enter the world of work. Services are provided by a team of peer mentors who draw on their own experience of substance misuse, recovery, and/or mental health conditions. They understand what the individual is going through and support them to overcome barriers and develop new experiences.
As a result of this support, Ryan went on to gain full-time employment with Morrisons and has successfully finished his probation for the first time.
“I feel better in myself and for once I am finally looking forward to the future. Cyfle Cymru has made a massive difference and because of it I have turned my life around."