This story is part of the Peer Power series – a photographic collaboration between professional photographer Jeff Hubbard and Peer Advisors. Earlier this year (2022) they worked together to portray their stories in photographic and written form. Each one is unique but all highlight the true value of harnessing people’s lived experience of adversity to become a force for good.
I was introduced to St Giles during the second lockdown. My assessment was done and a lot of things my children and I needed at that time were provided. I was later introduced to the Advice and Guidance course and provided with the materials I needed to complete it during the lockdown.
After the completing my course, I was looking for job because I am a mother of two young children who are fully dependent on me, so I needed a flexible job that allowed me time with my children, especially my little one who was under three years old.
I joined the team at St Giles as a volunteer for two days a week. At the beginning it seemed really difficult for me to cope with. But when I started working with some fantastic staff at St Giles they really helped me to understand things and develop my interest in the work.
Working with Olu to experience her work with clients has really been a most pleasurable experience for me, and I want to use this experience to support other people, so am looking forward to joining the team, and working with them as a Peer Advisor.