Life Stories


I joined the Freedom project so I could meet more people and so that I could put some of my skills to good use. It really helps me to meet different people from different backgrounds, rather than just the same…

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I suffered domestic violence over a ten-year period at the hands of my partner, the father of my youngest three children. He used to drink heavily and take out his aggression on me. Because of this I smoked a lot…

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I have a condition called keratoconus, which means I’m registered blind. I’ve had 2 corneal grafts to try to make it better, but my vision is still bad. A charity called Henshaw’s Society for Blind People have worked with me,…

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I joined the Freedom Project because I wanted to gain some experience of working in the UK, which is something I’ve never done. I also wanted to gain some self-confidence and to meet some new people. Mustard Tree is a…

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Six years ago I was addicted to heroin and crack cocaine. I was homeless for 11 months and sleeping rough behind Manchester University, or sometimes in a hostel or on a friend’s sofa. During this time I was stealing to…

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I spent about a year living on the streets, during which time I used to eat at Mustard Tree’s soup runs. Soup runs were about the only time that I was able to eat. I got to know a lot…

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