19 June 2017

From Member to staff - Daniel's story

Daniel was a Member of KeyRing's Therapeutic Network and is now a Community Living Volunteer and paid support worker for KeyRing. You can read his story here.


Hello my name is Daniel Brooks. Just before I became a Member with KeyRing my life was completely upside down. I was lost, scared and very lonely. I had a massive alcohol issue and was petrified of everything.

I became a Member with KeyRing who have helped me ever so patiently turn my life around. Looking back to when I was younger, I always had anxiety issues. I remember my mum sending me to the shop for the papers in the morning before school and if there were people I was unsure of I would cross the road or run over to a shop further away just to avoid them.
When I finished school I started working and soon discovered alcohol. Alcohol gave me a confidence boost and it didn’t take long before I was hooked. I couldn’t go out without being sozzled first. That led on to ‘I couldn’t sleep at night without having a good drink first’. Before I knew it I was taking it to bed with me as I couldn’t get up in the morning without sipping a glass just to ease the anxiety.

My confidence was at zero. After 2 failed detoxes and 3 hospital admissions and about 12 years of drinking, I finally admitted to myself I needed to seek help. I can quite honestly say that without KeyRing’s support I don’t believe I would still be here today.

When I joined KeyRing had a brand new Therapeutic Network which was made up of ex drug and alcohol users. As well as having each other in this network we also had 2 outstanding therapists and a team of support workers who helped us to unpick our thoughts, feelings and lots of learnt behaviours.

The way I have got to know myself inside out is absolutely amazing and the journey I have been on will stay with me forever. I will be forever grateful. I now live a life that I didn’t even know existed.
I am confident with a spring in my step but most importantly I am free. Free from my horrible thoughts and feelings that were destroying me, free from my trembling and terrified body that was quite literally falling apart and I am free from being a prisoner in my own home, due to how anxious I had become.

At the start of this year I became a Community Living Volunteer for KeyRing and I absolutely love it. I am now in a position to help Members achieve all of the great things they wish to achieve. It is possible, anything is possible if you want it enough.

We are all good enough and we all can make a difference in other people’s lives. I have since gone on to also become a paid member of staff as a Neighbourhood Link Worker for KeyRing alongside my CLV role.

Today I am in a happy, healthy relationship; I have a lovely home and great friends and family, whereas before I didn’t have any of this as I just simply existed with not much of a life. Thank you for reading my story and thank you to KeyRing for believing in me from the start.

P.S Remember anything is possible.