Stories

People are at the heart of everything we do here at Cranstoun.

Have a look at some of the success stories below, that have been kindly contributed by the people we work with.

Jay’s Story

“Cranstoun gave me the tools to rebuild my life and embrace the future in a positive and productive way”.

Jay first became involved with Cranstoun as a service user. With Jay’s openness, hard work and dedication he soon became a service user rep. Jay volunteered five days a week, offering support to service users and staff members.

He then took the brave jump towards paid employment, and with his compassion, incredible story and dedication to helping others, Jay now works for Cranstoun as a recovery worker.

A Survivor’s Story

“I’m now working voluntarily with women who have been/are victims of domestic abuse, as I feel I want to give back to the services and wonderful people who supported and held me through my own experiences”.

Watch this video to see the impact that Transform, one of our domestic abuse services has had on survivors.

*The names in this video have been changed and some content may be distressing for viewers.

Adrian’s Story

“You have to point yourself in the right direction and keep walking. I was scared about giving up but the service showed me I’m not the only one and it can be done”.

Adrian worked alongside Cranstoun through our alcohol and other drugs service. When asked about working with Cranstoun, he said,

“I am now sober for 10 months and this I put down to the support I have received. I now live a fairly normal life, and no longer live my life around alcohol, wondering when I can have my next drink”.

Nyssa’s Story

“I look after myself, my depression is under control, my anxiety is under control, I have a future, my kids have a future, I’m able to speak up for myself”.

Nyssa was groomed and sexually abused from a very young age. Now in her forties, she has experienced despair and near death at the hands of three separate abusers. Nyssa is a survivor. Watch her story, and learn about how Cranstoun supported her in recovery.

Viewers may find some content distressing

A Young Person’s Story

“I trust Cranstoun4U and I know that the staff are working to help and support me. I can trust my key worker, it is a confidential service and I know she would only break that if she needed to”.

Early intervention is crucial to break the cycle of crime and substance use. When speaking with a young person using our service this is what they had to say.

“Since working with my key worker I’ve been looking at ways to avoid smoking such as increasing the days I go to boxing. I have also learned how to reduce the health risks and about the impact on my mental health which was all new to me”.

A Male Survivor: Removing the Stigma

Cranstoun offers all victims of domestic abuse our services. Here, we hope to break the stigma, to encourage male victims to come forward and allow everyone to live their lives safely.

*The names in this video have been changed and some content may be distressing for viewers.

A Teacher’s Story

“Cranstoun4U staff are dedicated professionals that offer the flexibility to meet the ever changing needs of our learners”.

We are pleased to have spoken with a teacher that works closely with us, on their experience of our Cranstoun4U Programme.

“Cranstoun4U are totally committed and focused on delivering high quality intervention for our learners. While all statutory agencies are making cut backs in service, it is a lifeline to our school to have Cranstoun4U as a valued partner agency.”

Debra’s Story

“Help is out there. You’re not alone. The one message I would give would be, break free. There is a life, and it can be a good life. You can laugh again, you can do what you want to do”.

Debra experienced 28 years of domestic abuse. Finally free, she is stronger, braver and happier. Debra is a survivor. Watch her story to see how Cranstoun contributed to her journey to recovery.

Viewers may find some content distressing.

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