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Dean’s story: “My life has changed quite a bit and it’s pretty good.”
26.09.2019

Dean’s story: “My life has changed quite a bit and it’s pretty good.”

  “I was homeless at 16. It was tough. I was alone and living on the streets.” Dean left home and moved to Oban to escape the emotional and physical abuse he had suffered at the hands of his family since childhood. He soon became homeless and was unable to complete his school exams. In

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Chris’ story: “people helping people”
06.08.2019

Chris’ story: “people helping people”

In his 50s, Chris has led a violent life. He has been involved in gang activity and spent long periods in prison. He had attended mental health support groups and clinics over a long period and had been held in secure units for severe mental health issues. He felt “he had no control” over his

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Cassie’s story: “I got my life back.”
31.10.2018

Cassie’s story: “I got my life back.”

  Two years ago Cassie Scott feared to face the world. Diagnosed with depression and anxiety, she fell into a deeper darkness when she was then domestically abused by her partner at the time. “I went downhill. I started to drink excessively and use drugs daily to numb the pain. Everybody noticed that the happy

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Ashleigh’s story: “I finally have a plan for the future”
06.08.2019

Ashleigh’s story: “I finally have a plan for the future”

For Ashleigh, joining Link Up’s North West Archery Club in 2015 was the spark for a period of remarkable change for her; one which has given her, perhaps for the first time in her life, a sense of direction and purpose. Ashleigh was a young carer for various members of her family throughout her childhood

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Archery group engages the community and transforms lives
26.09.2017

Archery group engages the community and transforms lives

  When residents in an East Ayrshire neighbourhood set up an Archery Group in January 2012 there were doubts about its viability. More than five years later and the group is a thriving pillar of the community. Attracting adults and young people, the group has led to increased levels of social interaction in the area.

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Anna’s Story: “Link Up has been Life-Changing”
19.09.2019

Anna’s Story: “Link Up has been Life-Changing”

Link Up works closely with people in communities facing significant social and economic challenges, to improve wellbeing and bring people together. Anna* tells her story of the support she received from the work of Link Up in the Gallatown.  Poverty, deprivation, social exclusion and lack of opportunities have had a massively detrimental impact in the

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