Ricki’s GROW Traineeship

A GROW Traineeship provides people with ‘lived experience’ the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills and experience whilst in a paid role.  In this blog we hear from Ricki, who has now successfully completed his Traineeship. Ricki’s account of his experience is brilliant to read and gives a real insight into the role […]

Bernie’s GROW Traineeship

A GROW Traineeship provides people with ‘lived experience’ the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills and experience whilst in a paid role.  In this blog we hear from Bernie, who has now successfully completed her Traineeship. Her account of her experience is brilliant to read and gives a real insight into the role […]

Success for both Mentor and Mentee!

Jess, a Volunteer Mentor for CLI’s IOM project based in Manchester, kindly shares the success story of her mentee and the confidence being a Mentor has given her. This is a great insight into how this type of relationship has mutual benefits, but above all how they help transform the lives of those who need […]

Lockdown has been…

“Lockdown has been”, a project by Bedfordshire Community Reporters. A group of filmmakers, set up and supported by CLI, to report on current topics/issues within their community.  Based in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire, their aim is to raise awareness, project the voices of lived and personal experience and help build a recovery network. It is […]

Volunteer Coordinator, Liz on ICM and Volunteers Week

Hi, I’m Liz and I work for Community Led Initiatives. I am the Volunteer Coordinator on the Inspiring Change Manchester Project, where I recruit, train, and support volunteers.   Volunteers Week Its national Volunteers Week in the UK and our usual fun activities and celebrations are on hold until normality returns, so this year we […]

Quizzing Together

In these times of uncertainty CLI are working on all they can to keep connections going and adhere to our values. Therefore, we have jumped on the latest isolation craze, the quiz. Let’s face it, virtual ‘catch ups’ in the early stages of lockdown were awkward, unfamiliar and felt a just a little bit odd. […]

Peer Led Support, from home.

An insight into how we at CLI are continuing to provide essential support services and social connection, whilst going through the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a blog by James, Project Coordinator for our National Probation Service Project (NPS), and how working from home has been going for him.  “I’m usually based within the Moss Side Probation Office in […]

Zoe’s Recruitment

Zoe Walker

When I came across CLI I was working in a Prison for a Mental Health organisation. Although I enjoyed the work I was doing and found it very rewarding a couple of things made me consider change. Firstly, my organisation wasn’t giving me the support necessary to face some of the challenges working in a prison throws […]

Recruiting people differently.

The work CLI does to support people to move from difficult situations into more fulfilling lives, is very different to what most people do during their 9-5.  We build close relationships with people and have the privilege of watching them grow and thrive.  Very often, part of that process may lead to a need to […]

Diane’s mentoring experience

September has marked Recovery Month, which aims to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.  To mark the end of the month, we spoke to Diane Moore, a volunteer, who has started a new support group, Moving On, which is part of SAMAS in Bedfordshire, to help […]