This blog post was written by Laura, who worked as a Social Enterprise Development Intern for Street Connect for several months in 2020.

When I saw this role at Street Connect advertised in February, I was struggling with grief after the sudden loss of my mum who I sadly lost to alcoholismWhile I was focussing my energy on finishing the semester at University and being kind to myself through this difficult time, the role and the charity really resonated with me. I felt hopeless and guilty that I couldn’t do anything to change the outcome of my mums life, but by doing this I could maybe contribute to helping others overcome the difficulties of addiction. While my role was focussed on the social enterprise aspect rather than hands on support work, I felt motivated that the work I was doing would raise important funds for Street Connect to develop. The strength that my mum taught me growing up drew me to this opportunity and inspired me to apply.  

I didn’t expect to be helped so much in return. Reflecting on my experience, I truly believe that my internship at Street Connect was meant to happen in so many ways. While working through a traumatic time, faith found me and I really needed this experience to find hope.  

Every week at Street Connect they have a staff prayer meeting. I looked forward to this as it was a way to connect and pray together for the charity and those we sought to help. This was an uplifting experience, could really feel the love and support within the team and participants. This feeling inspired me to look into spirituality more as a way to find hope and feel connected through the difficulties I was facing in my life. 

Before working with Street Connect, I wasn’t aware how much I needed connection and faith to help me with my grief. While working with them to help others it has in turn helped me build a belief system I have come to rely on everyday. 

I am now looking to attend a local church once things are back to ‘normal’ and I am looking forward to learning and developing my faith moreBy having faith, I have been able to find hope within my pain, find a loving community and people that you can be truly open and honest with. The love I have found from having faith has made me feel less alone in my grief, I feel supported through spiritual connection. 

This experience has played a huge role in changing my outlook and values and I look forward to exploring my faith more in the futureI am very grateful for this opportunity and the understanding, patience and support I received while working here. While I still struggle and grieve, I feel so fortunate to have spent the last few months with Street Connect as they have been so supportive, believed in me and taught me about hope. 


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