The value of the ‘Van

The Caravan was my first placement. At first, I was very nervous about  it as I was very green behind the ears. I can tell you after my 18 months stint there I was no longer green.

It was the most valuable and wonderful experience. The Caravan is a very special place where everyone is welcome, from the most disenfranchised to the regular working person who is troubled and embarrassed to ask for help yet is in desperate need to talk to someone.

Zak is an inspiration in his tireless dedication to the ‘Van. He was a wonderful and supportive supervisor, with great compassion for the people who came to the ‘Van. He taught me a lot, for which I thank him from the bottom of my heart.

Janice was also great and incredibly tolerant with me, especially when I kept getting my hours mixed up.

I was very sad when my 18 months were up.  But I learnt so much and for that I am extremely grateful.

In my view, there should be many more places like the ‘Van in London and in other parts of the country.

I would be very happy to be a part of that should it ever come to pass.

A very special thank you. I will always hold it in my heart as a very special place.

Jennifer Bucksey