Mel had worked all her life. She joined the army aged 17 and served in Northern Ireland.

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For over a decade Mel was a publican, until Covid-19 closed the pub doors and Mel, lonely and isolated, turned to alcohol to help her through the pandemic.

When the drinking took hold, Mel lost the tenancy of the pub and with it her home. She was forced to sleep on friends’ sofas and floors and even had to give up her cat, Little Miss.

Mel referred herself to Framework’s drug and alcohol service and, with shaking hands, signed the paperwork and began her recovery journey.

Mel urgently needed a home, so her support worker Andy referred her to Framework’s Housing Management Team who found her a flat in Nottingham – a new home for Mel and Little Miss.

Then Framework’s Employment Service found Mel volunteering roles. Volunteering gave Mel the confidence to secure paid work supporting people in mental health crisis.

Mel has worked extremely hard to overcome her challenges and with the help of Framework she is looking forward to a better, brighter future.  She says:

“Considering my recovery has been over such a short period of time, I do sometimes pinch myself and think ‘How have I managed to do it?’ The reason is my support worker Andy and the help from wider Framework services.”

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