I was born in the desserts of Arabia..... (Just Kidding) I was born in Wandsworth (London) on January 14th 1972. I went to Abu-Dhabi from 1972 - 1983 and went to a Catholic school (St Joseph) and loved it. My mum was a teacher and my Dad Clerk and worked for a Englishman in the Public work department. I have 3 brothers and 1 sister. I was a happy child and loved my family. When i was 13 years old, i was in Karachi, Pakistan and thats where things started to go wrong. My Dad was not around and it was ifficult for my Mum to bring up four boys and a girl. At 15, my dad my Dad lost all his life savings and my sister was putting food on the table. I was going crazy, started stealing and playing truent. I was bunking off school and smoking cannabis. At 16 my parents didnt know what to do with me and sent me to the UK to live with my uncle. At 17 my uncle couldnt cope with me so i left his house and went to live on the streets of Chatham. By 18 I was in trouble with the Law and i was locked up in a young offenders institute for a year and a half. That was very tramatic! I came out when i was 20 and I was very angryman by then.
I did not drink or kiss a girl till i was 26. I smoked pot again and that started to cause problems, made me paranoid, anxious and lazy. At one stage it was normal for me to drink first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I really liked the effect alcohol had on me. It gave me confidence and i thought i had arrived. I started taking Ecstasy soon after and nearly died one night in France with my best friend at the time. Did not do a line of Coke till I was 33 years olf and Wow. I was hooked straight away, i never smoked crack but I was an animal sniffing it. I have neverbeen the same again, but life with cocaine was exciting and I liked the danger element.
I have bipolor effective disorder and from the age of 15 till now now I have been hospitalised 21 times and sectioned under the Mental health Act on 9 times. This was most prolific in my teenage years to early 20's. I was sectioned in 2016 and the consultant suggested a rehab and as I had never been in a rehab or treatment centre I said "Yes Please". That was 3 years ago. I worked with CGL and went to alot of group therapy like relapse prevention, duel diagnosis etc. I just want to get well and work, as a montor or suport.
I just wanted everyone to know how much MADM, Amanda, Rebecca and Manesh and all the beautiful people who make a difference at MADM who have changed my life. I ety Amanda over a year and a half agon and she basically saved my life. I have never met such an amazing people, God Fearing, Empathetic, Caring, Selfless, Humble, gorgeous bunch of individuals. I would be lost without them, i love working here, we are a multi cultural family.
Mohammed - MADM Volunteer.
I had been through many struggles and trials and seemingy insurmountable tribulations in my life, in recent times and the early years of adult hood. Id never fully realised my potential and always remained with a low self esteem, lack of self belief and great anxiety about where my life would go. Making a difference to Maidstone charity has illuminated the mysterious and hitherto unknown capacity i possessed for motivation, determination, team leading skills and above all, my kindness and love towards human beings. I have leaped and bounded from strength to strength right from day one. This has been as a volunteer and paralelled by my personal growth as a human being in courage, wit and character of a well rounded nature. I sincerily hope my testimony stands and reflects as a shining paragon to future volunteers and workers at MADM, showing them they can become so much more.
Marcus MADM Volunteer - November 2019