Jane could see that her drinking was getting out of hand. She wanted a way to cut down and to distance herself from the negative associations in her life.
She was referred to Derventio's learning and skill-building project, Growing Lives about six months ago. Since then Jane has been a regular face - usually attending for three days each week.
It is such a simple idea, but Jane says that having the routine and somewhere to go during the day has really helped her to stop drinking. Because she is occupied with activities she isn't thinking about having a drink.
She has also made new friends which has made moving on from her former drinking friends much easier.
Jane is now feeling much more confident about her future. Currently living in Derventio supported accommodation she is starting to think about moving into independent accommodation in the near future.
We have used a stock photo and changed Jane's name to protect her anonymity.