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

 

Elizabeth Fry

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.

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