Eddie’s (previously changed to protect identity) real name is Dave Harris.
Since his first volunteers tale was published, Dave advanced from his role as a volunteer receptionist to a trainee project worker and soon after successfully applied for an advanced apprenticeship at SPEAR’s Penny Wade hostel. The programme allows three individuals a year to work towards a level 3 diploma in health and adult social care.
After completing the apprenticeship Dave continued working for SPEAR as a locum worker at the Penny Wade hostel where he was assigned his own cases and clients and before he knew it, he had joined the team full time as a support and resettlement officer.
Dave has now held that position for little over a year and 2019 will mark his fourth year with our organisation.
When talking about his future, SPEAR remains a vital component of his plan as he has set his sights on receiving a leadership role within the charity. Dave describes his work as “immensely rewarding” and wants to help and support people experiencing homelessness on their journey back to independent living.
Dave, who is now 8 years dry from alcohol, admits that working for SPEAR has changed his life, helped him grow up and keeps him strong as he has people depending on him.