New Staff Volunteer 2017 (Course Participant 2016)
Job Titles past & present
- YMCA Exeter (Group Co-Facilitator; 'Perspectives' Course)
- Five lives (School Workshop Facilitator, Addiction/Substance Misuse)
- Write To Freedom (Volunteer/Peer Mentor for Residentials and Mentoring Days)
- Recovery Promotion & Visualisation
- Beyond The Gate (Trustee & Representative)
- Emotional Intelligence & Empathy
- Public Speaking & Oration (Recovery, Change & Rehabilitation)
- RISE (Ex-Service User & Former Peer Supporter)
Hello! I'm Mick. I'm an addict & alcoholic in recovery, and have lived experience within that chaotic lifestyle, as well as being within the Justice System for over 20 years, since early teens.
I am passionate about Recovery; whether that be from alcohol, drugs, Crime or 'all of the above'. Having got to grips with the tatters of my own life whilst still in HMPs, I realised that I not only had a calling, but a duty to use my own negative experiences and mistakes in life to help those either already on a destructive path, or showing signs of entering that dark realm.
Having made inroads to that end in 2011, I then discovered a stronger desire to be involved with preventative work. I see life in a totally different way these days and I feel extremely privileged to be doing the things that I do today.
Write To Freedom: Involvement, Connection & Shared Vision
In May of 2016, I found myself in the privileged position of being offered a participant place on the residential weekend with W2F at High Heathercombe on Dartmoor. It totally changed my life for the better and sent me in a new direction within my recovery & professional life – and my whole life in general. I believe, support and hold dear everything that Caspar and the entire Write to Freedom team set out to achieve. Their ethos and integrity is 100% solid gold, and my role with them is not only a blessing, but an integral part of my own recovery and future objectives.
The backdrop of Dartmoor is the perfect scenery to help those with certain social difficulties and substance misuse problems, to address them in the vibrant arena that is our shared love of nature, whilst being gently immersed into the sharing nature of love...
Faith, Trust & Fellowship will guide those who are in need of a holistically healing experience – even if they don't yet know it...