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Awareness Week 2018 - Bonnie's Story

26th October 2018


Bonnie's Story

Initially Mum and Dad joined ASBAH when I was a baby, I suppose they wanted support and information, but in my adult life I have used it for social support, networking and leisure.  I have over the years made some lasting friendships with the people I have met, but initially didn’t know what to expect from the charities social events.

In the early days I enjoyed the ASBAH ‘Your Voice’ weekends and found them very useful  - in fact I loved them and still keep in touch with some of the people I met years ago at these weekends. These days I am an active member of the Staffordshire adult group and attend most of the information and social events in Staffordshire and have formed new friendships within the group.

I value my Shine membership and having people in my life who understand my situation. I’ve always found people at Shine to be friendly and helpful and it’s good to be able to vent my feelings to others who know what I’m going through.

It’s good to have a Shine Support Worker who understands and is able to support me when necessary”.

My advice to other people is – ‘It will all be OK, but both you and the person you care for can only do their best’.


If you've been affected or inspired by Bonnie's story, you can help Shine to support more people just like her by donating £5. Simply text DOIT05 £5 to 70070, your donation will help pay for an information pack containing vital information for new members at a crucial stage in their lives.

Shine welcomed 772 new members in 2016, that's a total of £3860 before we've even began to deliver services. Your small donation could make a big difference.

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