If it hadn’t been for Langley, I wouldn’t have turned my life around.
A wet Bank Holiday Monday (26th August) heralded the 100 year celebration of St. Alban’s Diocese. But the weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of George*, who shared his story of transformation and change since coming to Langley.
Interviewed by Songs of Praise presenter, Pam Rhodes, George explained how he had lived rough for 23 years, addicted to alcohol and constantly getting into trouble with the Police. He was finally referred to Langley and expected to be turned away (which other agencies had done) but to his surprise he wasn’t. Instead Langley offered him a place to stay and support.
At first, he found it hard to settle but slowly he began to engage with a relapse prevention being run at the project. When he finished the programme, he no longer had the urge to drink or continue in his past way of life. He also reconnected with his faith.
George is now in the process of giving back to Langley and the community and is an avid poet – detailing his past experiences and future hopes.
Over 4,500 people attended the 100 Year Celebration event from across St. Alban’s Diocese.
*Name changed to protect identity