Great People, Great Stories

'Great People, Great Stories' is all about celebrating the incredible achievements of our customers. The series will focus on individual customers and tell the story of their journey step by step, sharing the support Great Places has offered along the way, whether this is through an Independence and Wellbeing scheme, employment and educational support, or collaboration with external partners.

Esther Grace

The first in our 'Great Places, Great Stories' series is Esther Grace.

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Esther came to Meadow Lodge after a particularly bad mental health episode, where she admits she spiralled – drinking and acting out. The friends she was living with asked her to leave, and she became homeless. This short film highlights her journey at Meadow Lodge and the support services she has accessed during her time at the scheme.

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The film also features Great Places employees Claire Alcock and Nicolette Aydin, as well as Smart Works Greater Manchester, who provide free clothing and training to women who require assistance before a job interview.

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The support Esther received from Great Places colleagues changed her life and although she doesn't know what her future holds, she knows it's going to be good.