As a part of my 2nd year at university to become a paramedic, we were asked to organise a 2 week placement with a non-NHS organisation that provides a service to the public. I was lucky enough to be invited to work with Street Connect for the duration of this placement and get an insight into the work they do surrounding support with addiction, homelessness, and other associated issues.

Over the last 2 weeks I have attended some of their recovery groups based in Greenock, Govan, Clydebank and Paisley. I cannot speak highly enough of the teams that run these groups. I was made to feel welcome by absolutely everyone, including those attending the recovery group. I was able to get involved in the activities and group discussions and hear some inspiring stories. I also got involved in some outreach, spreading the word about the fantastic service Street Connect offer.

My eyes have been truly opened to things that can cause people to fall into addiction, and I have learnt ways in which I can support people should I come across them in my line of work. The team at Street Connect are a group of selfless, approachable, genuinely kind individuals, and should all be immensely proud of their work. I would recommend Street Connect’s services to anyone struggling with the likes of addiction, and have met some wonderful people who have managed to turn their life around for the better.

I would like to also say a special thank you to Pam Corletto (Partnership and Volunteer Support Worker) who organised a fantastic timetable for me to gain the most from the short time I had with you. The team are super organised, yet totally laid back and willing to help everyone. I intend to continue to spread the word about street connect, and hope to potentially work with them again in future.

 

Lauren Renton

Bsc Paramedic Science, Glasgow Caledonian University