‘I owe so much to the Portsmouth CAB - it’s changed my life’

ABSEILER Amy Westbury
ABSEILER Amy Westbury
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I have worked at the Portsmouth Citizens Advice Bureau for the last four years and it has changed my life.

I work as a specialist welfare advisor giving people general advice, helping them negotiate the complicated world of welfare benefits and making their case for tribunals.

But I didn’t get to this place in my life with ease and I am convinced that working with the Citizens Advice Bureau has helped me get to the recovery position I’m in now.

I have overcome great adversity having suffered with severe mental health conditions from childhood including anorexia nervosa and other related conditions that led to self-harming and hospitalisation.

At one stage, around 10 years ago, I even made an attempt on my own life.

It was a dark place and something that can be a long process to come back from and regain full strength – both physically and mentally.

I owe so much to Portsmouth Citizens Advice Bureau – it’s changed my life.

When I joined them four years ago they were welcoming and didn’t hold prejudices based on the fact that I have suffered with mental health problems.

They provided an environment that has enabled me to flourish.

I enjoy going to work at 8am and often I don’t leave till gone 6pm but knowing that you can make such a difference to the life of someone who’s in a desperate position motivates me.

Last week, I abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower to raise money for the bureau.

It is a brilliant local charity that helps local people when they most need it and don’t know who to turn to.

To make a donation visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AmyWestbury