Lisa has been a tenant at Summer House since early 2012 and since moving back to South London Lisa has been making huge strides and progress towards her own recovery and has begun to supporting other substance misuse residents by getting involved with local drug and alcohol support groups at the local drug and alcohol team. Lisa shares says:
“Having experienced homelessness and been the victim of various forms of abuse over the years, I am proud to have turned the corner. I am a naturally giving person and found by giving to others I am giving a little bit back to myself too.” “There is so much help out there, if you want to grab the rope that someone throws to you…only you can climb it.”
Lisa’s openness and willingness to help others who are facing arduous and various challenges on the road to recovery has been truly inspirational. As well as volunteering in local peer support groups Lisa is a keen writer of short stories, articles and poetry. Lisa recently had her poem ‘Catford’ published in ‘Homeland, a Collection of Poetry’ which is a collection of poems inspired by nature and communities from aspiring poets. Lisa cites that she often draws inspiration from the natural beauty all around. Here’s her published poem about Catford:
Sitting on a tree on a hot summers day
Watching the water trickling down the stream
My oh my, this feels like a dream.
A squirrel comes close so I give him a kiss
Off he scarpered
I look to the trees and to my lovely surprise
I see a lime green bird, hid in a tree
To my eyes this is what I call heaven.
The country park, it is hard to think this
Is a city when everything that surrounds me
Is so beautiful and serene
Also it is unbelievably clean
I close my eyes and on opening them
I see another beautiful lime green bird
Never in my life have I seen such beauty.
It’s hard to believe this is Catford, South London!