Growing Our Own- Principle 1


“This is the person I always should have been … this person was always inside me … it took the guidance of the people around me, their help, their love and care to bring this version of me out.”

Research participant, Barrow in Furness


“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experiences that reveals the human spirit.”

E E Cummings


“Finding your own light … you’re looking for a light but actually the light’s got to come from you, sometimes it’s not a source, it’s your own light. So, you can’t see a future unless you can see your own light.”

Research participant, Barrow in Furness


“Out of my deeper heart a bird rose and flew skywards.

Higher and higher did it rise, yet larger and larger did it grow.

At first it was but like a swallow, then a lark, then an eagle, then as vast as a spring cloud, and then it filled the starry heavens.

Out of my heart a bird flew skywards. And it waxed larger as it flew. Yet it left not my heart.”

Kahlil Gibran


“It was a big difference for a service to offer a person like myself, a druggie, a known user, a criminal – to be offered to do something, to be around other people, to actually be a part of something it was nice to feel that way.”

Research participant, Barrow in Furness


“I went from client to volunteer because I wanted to get my story out … I wanted to help people.”

Research participant, Barrow in Furness


“… self-esteem leads to confidence and personal autonomy, a sense of self in the world. It is this confidence and self-belief that gives rise to a critical engagement with the world and is thus necessary for collective action for social justice.”

Margaret Ledwith

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