Overcoming Fear

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Tracy has many barriers to exercise. She has fibromyalgia, struggles with her weight, as well as suffering bouts of debilitating depression. She also cares for her disabled wife who lost her father to suicide and has attempted suicide herself.  Tracy had social phobia and was extremely anxious in a group. Not that you’d know that […]

Beating Cancer

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Steve was diagnosed with cancer of the throat 2 years ago and shares that he lost himself, he lost his self esteem, and became a recluse. He came to The Pelham for coffee with his family, and saw how smiley and happy the RunningSpace groups were. One day he decided to try it out, very […]

Never Looked Back


Sam was attacked in Eastbourne 16 years ago, targeted for the fact that he has a learning disability. It had a terrible affect on his mental health and physical health. Consequently he didn’t leave the house, became obese and struggled with thoughts of suicide. Sam was one of the very first volunteers at The Pelham, […]

Liz Did It!

Liz was housebound, too afraid to leave the four walls of a darkened flat, in such a deep depression that would wait for the cover of darkness just to fetch some milk from the shop. She attempted suicide and was hospitalised many times. One day, someone suggested she begin life again by very gently volunteering […]

Real Transformation

‘B’ started volunteering over 2 years ago after his grandparents found out that we had opportunities for work experience. ‘B’ excelled for a year front of house, seeing real transformation, before having another setback due to his mental health. After a break of several months, and by maintaining an open door and dialogue with ‘B’, […]

Top Barista

‘A’ attended one of our cookery courses earlier in the year, and after that applied to join our team as they have a passion to work within the catering industry. Since then ‘A’ has excelled as a barista, including attending a professional course with our supplier, and applying for jobs in cafés in the town. […]

Independence Day

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 ‘J’ applied to The Pelham through one of our partners, Little Gate Farm, on a supported placement for 4 weeks. Following that, she independently applied to be a volunteer, and has been on team for around 18 months now. During this time she has overcome previous obstacles like transport, and now travels independently on the […]