“I now feel like I can cope” – Martin’s story

Martin didn’t know where to turn after many years of illness and mental health challenges, but now he wants to share his story about how his life has improved.

“My story began after my partner and I separated.

“I have been living on my own for about 19 years now. I haven’t been able to work due to the illnesses I have suffered.

“I have been ill for about 30 years. Having a prolonged illness of diabetes, sciatica, vertigo, trapped nerves in my neck and spine, numbness in fingers and the shakes.

“I felt very isolated. Especially after someone broke in and attacked me in my own home. After this I was terrorised and burgled to the point where I wouldn’t leave the house – if I did, I would not stay out and would be back home by 3pm every day before it got dark.

“I felt that there was no hope.

“After this, I had learnt about Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C) through Facebook and went in to see what this was all about.

“Ever since I met Will, my Change Coach and the rest of the team, life started to get easier.

“I got signed up and started at the allotment, and there I found solace in doing a bit of gardening, learning new skills and socialising every Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s when I go home, that’s when I start feeling depressed.

“I then started going out to coffee mornings and am now going to volunteer.

“I now feel like I can cope better. I feel great when I am not at home because I now have somewhere I can go and chat, use the facilities and have a cup of tea nearly every day.

“I just want to say since I started with the BBO Project, I have never met a greater bunch of people. The people that come and join in, as well as the projects, are great to meet too”.