Kevin gained confidence through volunteering with Archway:
“I’ve been coming to Archway for 30 years now.
“I remember the first time I came. It was very difficult. I’d recently recovered from mental health problems – I had an eating disorder, I was very anxious, and I was drinking too much – and I wanted to make some changes in my life. I looked at doing voluntary work and someone at the Warneford Hospital told me about Archway.
“I was anxious about trying something different, and on my first night at Archway, because of my anxiety and my eating disorder, I had been struggling to eat for four days. I was sick before I left the house.
“I wasn’t going to come again after that, but Paul [Archway’s founder] was very good at making me relax, and he persuaded me to come back the next week.
“There was something about the people at Archway that made me feel comfortable about my self, and I thought, ‘These are the sort of people I want to be with.’ Archway changed my life.
“Now I come to Archway to give something back. I enjoy being there for people and helping out, and it gives me confidence in myself too – keeps me going. When I see other people coming to Archway for the first time, I understand how anxious they are. You can’t always tell just by looking at them, but I know because I haven’t forgotten what it was like when I first came.”