• Date: 28/04/2023

“I was on my knees, but I’m in a better place thanks to Revival”

Nicholas Castle, from Sandbach was a former Policeman and public speaker. He previously led a very busy life, but after a relationship breakdown he lost his way.

The split affected his confidence, made him feel alone, and isolated from his friends, family, and community. Alongside this he was also struggling to manage his anxiety, deal with PTSD, and a recent diagnosis of Autism.

He was referred to Revival’s Cheshire East Reconnect service. A 12-month temporary service, now closed, that helped local people rebuild their confidence and reconnect with their communities after the pandemic.

Support Worker Becky Kenny helped Nicholas to rebuild his confidence and gave him a new outlook on life.

Nicholas says that when he was first referred to Revival he was on his knees and their support and encouragement gave him the confidence to rebuild his life.

“When I first came to Revival, I was isolated and alone”, said Nicholas.

“My relationship breakdown really affected me. I would never go out unless I really needed to and didn’t have anyone to see or speak to about my problems.

“Revival just offered an open ear and gave me that encouragement to rebuild my life.

“In the beginning I was looking for a purpose and didn’t know which road to go down. Revival helped me to look at my options and encouraged me to try new things.

“They helped to provide coping mechanisms like playing with my cards and doing magic, alongside therapy.

“They also encouraged me to attend local training courses, stay active with regular walks with my dog, and speak to people in my community.”

Thanks to the support Nicholas says he’s in a much better place.

“Revival helped me to restore my confidence and build new connections with people in my neighbourhood.

“I now have a close relationship with one of my neighbours and I regularly help her out.

“My overall wellbeing is so much better, and I couldn’t have got through it without Revival’s support and reassurance.”

After receiving help from the service, Nicholas is looking to give back himself and has applied for a role with his local council. 

“Revival gave me the courage to speak to my local MP about issues in the neighbourhood and he’s now helping me to become a Parish Councillor.

“I’m hoping to help people like me and my neighbours who are isolated and alone. It’s my way of giving back to people in their time of need, like Revival helped me.”

Support Worker Becky says she’s proud of how far he’s come.

“It’s been a pleasure supporting Nicholas and helping him to rebuild his confidence. It’s great to see him thriving and wanting to help others now too.”

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