Making a bowl or a spoon can be really satisfying. This sort of therapy is far more helpful and beneficial than most drugs, particularly for people who are suffering from low self-esteem and lack of confidence. If I’d attended the Cart Shed when I was being given anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication, I genuinely think I’d have reduced or stopped both. It’s a better antidote for depression and more mild forms of anxiety than any medication could ever be. The same goes for low self-esteem, issues with confidence and, particularly, social anxiety.
It’s a place where I don’t feel threatened. If you have a low day then you don’t have to socialise, no one was on at me. But seeing the open fire and the pigs they had here, it was lovely and so calming. It connected me with outside and took me out of myself. I could still relapse any time, but this place gives you the chance to move on. I always thought I’d be judged because of what I’d done, but not here, there’s no pressure.