Service User, Turned Volunteer, Turned Author

by admin on 6 August 2013

bookOn August 16th 2007 Tony woke up on the street with 20p in his pocket wondering what he was doing with his life.

That day he saw a poster for SIFA Fireside in the hostel where he was staying and came to the Drop In for some food. While there he spoke to a support worker and started to get help to put his life back together; after 7 months he started volunteering. He went through our structured volunteering programme and accessed all the training courses he could, as well as acting as an ambassador for SIFA Fireside to schools, universities and businesses.

During one of these events a lady approached him and said that he should tell his story more fully, so they met up and she wrote it down for him; before they knew it, Tony and Tracey had produced 12 short stories.

After a life in children’s homes, hostels, prisons and on the streets of Birmingham, Tony now has his own accommodation. He volunteers at ‘More Than Vintage’ (the charity shop that SIFA Fireside runs jointly with Trident Reach) and also works part time for Trident in their Homeless Hub.

Tony will be launching his book with volunteers, staff and service users at SIFA Fireside on Friday August 16th  (his 6th anniversary of sobriety)

‘Tony – Y – Not; The Last Drink’ is available now on Amazon

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