I have had to privilege this month of writing some incredibly inspirational stories, not least this one about Elliott who kicked his drug and alcohol habit after watching the biopic about Elton John’s struggle with addiction.

As part of a series of articles about the innovative back to work project Rossendale Works, and its sister project Rossendale Futures, I have been tasked by Rossendale Council to document the scheme’s successes. The work I have been given to do has been truly rewarding. From meeting Syrian refugees who have fled their homeland to escape death, to meeting people who have turned their life around and are now able to help others.

Elliott’s story made Page 3 in the Lancashire Telegraph.

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Another inspirational story has been the progress I have seen in veteran Andy Greaves, whom I first met when he was really struggling to cope with life. Now he is loving every day and working hard at a garden centre and, thanks to the support of Veterans In Communities and other charities, is building his future. Andy’s story was a page lead in the Rossendale Free Press.

Since my last blog I have been busy rounding up stories for the last of the three business awards that I help to promote. Hyndburn is in June, Ribble Valley’s ceremony is on October 9 and nominations are currently open for Rossendale Business Awards and the presentation will be in December. Thank you to the person or business who took the time and trouble to nominate me.

My contracts for Haslingden High School and Whitworth have kept me busy with stories in print and also on online news outlet Rochdale Online. I even had the whole of the Rossendale Free Press back page complete with two bylines!

I would like to thank the many, many businesses that have employed me over the recent months. I have seen a large increase in ad hoc jobs for occasional customers and a lot of those clients have already gone on to employ me to write further articles and take photographs. An article and photograph for Nikki Belshaw of Belshaw Bookkeeping Service was used in an international magazine The Bookkeeper.

As a result of producing the monthly Veterans In Communities newsletter VIC News – I was asked to create a bespoke newsletter for the Lancashire Armed Forces Covenant Hub based at the UCLan in Preston.

I work in two primary schools to produce termly newspapers and the quality and standard of the work that these young journalists produce never ceases to amaze me. Thank you to Northern Primary and Britannia Primary for investing in the clubs.

If you’ve a story to tell… give me a bell.