Charles’ Story

Charles Curwain, 63, from Hove, was at breaking point when he approached Together Co to ask for help. He had given up his career to care for his husband Martin following a cancer diagnosis, but lots of medical appointments and difficult decisions left him struggling.

Charles and Kim volunteering at a community garden in Brighton


Charles said the social prescribing service, and his Together Co link worker Mary, helped to bring a sense of order to his world.

Mary was very clear that we would do whatever was right for me. She was somebody who just listened, she instilled a sense of hope and strength. She got the balance right on being therapeutic but also helped with some practical stuff and I needed that balance.

Charles is now volunteering in a community garden and also has connects to Albion in the Community’s Neighbourhood Health Squad.

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