Roger: “The group helps with the loneliness”

Roger: “The group helps with the loneliness”

For retired South Wales firefighter Roger Pugh, our Aberdare Living Well Group provides a much-needed source of friendship and community, and helps combat the loneliness he feels after the loss of his wife.

Michelle: “I said I don’t want to be here. She asked, here or life? I said life.”

Michelle: “I said I don’t want to be here. She asked, here or life? I said life.”

Self-employed carpenter Michelle Jones-Cheung reached breaking point when long-term recovery from surgery left her facing potential bankruptcy. As the daughter of a firefighter and brought up not to talk about her feelings, it took a breakdown during a visit to Harcombe House to make her realise it's okay to be honest with others and with yourself.

Jim: The day that changed my life

Jim: The day that changed my life

Jim Walker left South Wales Fire and Rescue Service 14 years ago but is still coming to terms with an incident that led to life changing PTSD.