“I have achieved so much in my time as an EBE! I’ve been involved in so many rewarding opportunities where we get to see for ourselves the changes being implemented at places like the DWP, BCC and Citizen’s Advice, to name but a few. I have discovered something that I not only enjoy and am good at, but has given me a purpose and direction in where I want me future to go”.
“Often, the viewpoint of the service user is overlooked but us offering our experiences in a productive way changes the way services think about how they’re engaging with people like us! By using our voices and seeing our pasts as our biggest assets we’re the way to a much more positive outcome for systems change”.
“I started as an EBE when I was 6 months clean and sober and was ready for the next stage of my recovery journey. It got me into a stable structure, routine and purpose in life again. It gave me the opportunity to start helping others and giving something back to society”.
“Sharing my story with others has a massive therapeutic value whilst giving other people hope that there is light at the end of a very dark tunnel! Knowing that we can influence and change the way services are run by our own lived experience is massive. It’s given someone like me, who once once invisible to these services, a voice”.