I was heavily into drink and drugs before I met Cardboard Citizens. I lived in a squat when I was a youngster and I spent a short time in prison before becoming a single mom at 21. After ’88 I went off the rails and continued to struggle with depression and addiction. The first thing I did with Cardboard Citizens was the Forum Theatre training workshop with Terry. Then I performed at Riverside Studios in A Few Man Fridays as well as in the last two fundraising dinners with Kate Winslet. We had a members’ meeting then and I put myself forward to be a Members Rep. I got elected. It is really rewarding because you get to hear about the other side of Cardboard Citizens, go to board meetings and figure out how the organization is run.
I feel absolutely supported by all the staff...The Advice and Guidance here is brilliant. And the other Members have been of great help. Being part of Cardboard Citizens has really given me lots of opportunities to build good friendships, grow stronger and also take part in things I love. I just love this organisation. I think it’s brilliant and it has changed my life. I’m back in recovery now which is really good. I’m on medication and managing my depression and my daughter is really proud of me. I’ve felt challenged artistically and personally. I’ve had a lot of opportunities for professional training here, and to gain qualifications. I have my own dream of running a little community theatre school near where I live for disadvantaged kids.
Cardboard Citizens is a safe place to be, to explore issues and how you make change in yourself and society, to look at things.