Peer Mentor Leads Creative Writing Sessions
09 February 2024
At Elizabeth Fry House we believe in the importance of self-expression and encourage residents to explore different ways of achieving this.
Earlier this week Luke (he/his), an ex-resident of Elizabeth Fry House who now volunteers for the Charity as a mentor led a session on Creative Writing.
Luke states ” I came to Elizabeth Fry in December 2022. During my time here I battled with poor physical health which had an impact on my mental health. However, the staff, particularly Magda, my keyworker and Emma, my housing worker, stood by my side and helped me through every step of the way. I’ve flourished in my time here and have successfully moved on. Now I come back as a volunteer peer mentor to help support residents with their move on plans and run creative groups – this gives me a great sense of purpose.”
During the session residents used poetry and creative writing to share their thoughts and experiences with others. Luke shares his own Hiku here:
I loved my time here
It gave me joy and comfort
From prison to home
Thank you for keeping me safe
From myself and others
Now I’m back to help
For others to find their way
Hoping they will win.
15 December 2023
If you’d have visited Elizabeth Fry Charity earlier this week you may have wondered what all the noise was about. On Monday afternoon a drumming workshop took place with residents and staff and, it is fair to say some pretty impressive sounds were created – including traditional West African Music and a unique rendition of “We Will Rock You”
20 November 2023
A huge thank you to Westhill Endowment for awarding a grant to Elizabeth Fry Charity.