Blogs Reports

My Bench


Reported by Karen

Published on Friday, July 7th, 2023

Community Substance Use Women's Perspectives
Blogs Reports

My Bench


Written by Karen

Published on Friday, July 7th, 2023

Community

Substance Use

Women's Perspectives

Our local park, full of colourful flowers and shrubs and nice green spaces

Dog walkers, lovers holding hands and children with their painted faces.

Swings, slides and roundabouts, the sound of laughter fills the air

Families enjoying picnics, music bellowing from the funfair.

 

And then there’s MY bench, amidst the trees, tucked away out of sight

Hidden from view, from nosey parkers and sunlight.

It’s my space, my secret place where I can drink alone

No judgement, no lectures from family at home.

 

I can hardly breathe with excitement, my hands shaking as I undo the top

Drenched in deceit and shame I take a swig from the bottle and don’t stop.

So, there it is, our parks and green spaces

For diverse people who need diverse places.

Written by Karen


I'm Karen from Manchester it's great to meet you all. I'm a recovering alcoholic,
I experienced a short time of homelessness many years ago, I'm a survivor of domestic abuse and I'm happy to say I've come through it all.
I volunteered at a local Alcohol and Substance Abuse centre where I qualified as a Peer Mentor.
I now care for my elderly dad who is housebound and I feel blessed to be able and well enough to do this.
I hope as part of this Community Reporting team our stories can contribute to making a difference to homelessness and health inequalities and shine a light on any other injustices we come across.
 

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