Social enterprise NuHi Ltd was the first recipient of a Surprise Lottery Letter – a new National Lottery Community Fund campaign when staff turn up at a project unexpectedly and tell them their grant application was successful.
Watch Ben Payne and Liz Hertogs surprise the NuHi team including volunteer Holly Clark who came out of rehab the same day:
NuHi will use the £4,775 Awards for All grant to create an IT room and website so people recovering from substance misuse can access information and support.
Holly said: “When I was in active addiction education and training was the last thing on my mind. Confidence was at an all-time low and I couldn’t see a way out. Once I got clean I came across NuHi’s website and thought it could be something to help me and hopefully gain something positive to put on my CV.
I started volunteering, helping to design and deliver training workshops to the wider community. My confidence started to improve and I could see a future for myself. I definitely found a new high in NuHi.”
NuHi founder Yaina Samuels explains more about their work:
“NuHi is a social enterprise, not-for-profit organisation based in Cardiff, providing substance misuse awareness, education and training for the wider community. The service, run by our committed team of volunteers, was set up in 2010 by people with direct experience of addiction, treatment and recovery.
As ex-users and recipients of social care services in the past, our valuable experience is used in the design and delivery of bespoke training for individuals, families and communities. Each team member has their own story of facing severe and multiple disadvantage, including chronic alcoholism, heroin addiction, mental ill health, homelessness and offending behaviour. We firmly believe that change is possible given the right environment and support.
I have 15 years’ experience of being addicted to heroin and twenty-five years of supporting others in recovery. I have been lucky to win two Welsh awards for my work: Enterprise Wales Award 2015 (finalist) and the St. David Award 2014 (winner) for Citizenship from the Welsh Minister Carwyn Jones for my innovative recovery work both in Wales and Africa.”