Mark's Story


“I’m so grateful for all the help I’ve received.  I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true”

After losing everything because of his alcoholism, Mark is now rebuilding his life.

It all began when Mark experienced a traumatic traffic accident when he was 19.  He turned to drink to help him cope.  “I just kept reliving the accident.  I had a well-paid job and nights out helped me to forget”.

But twenty years later, the drinking had taken its toll; Mark lost jobs, relationships and finally, his home.

He had been sober for eight weeks when he came to Derventio, bringing nothing with him but a positive attitude and determination to change.

He knew he must move on to enable him to be a good dad to his two children.  “They are my motivation”.

Working closely with his SmartShare support worker, Mark’s willpower paid off.

He did so well in his shared accommodation that he got his own tenancy.

He now has his own flat and life is looking much brighter for Mark.

We have used a stock photo and changed Mark's name to protect his anonymity.