Michael Roy

Peer Navigator

Contact: michael.roy@salvationarmy.org.uk

Biography

I am a Peer Navigator for the NIHR funded study SHARPS, Supporting Harm Reduction through Peer Support. I work at the Salvation Army’s The Orchard in Bradford which has fifty six beds for people who are homeless to reside and receive support. There is also a day shelter which people can access on a daily basis. I have an NVQ Level Two in Progression with Change, Grow, Live, and an NVQ Level Three in Advice and Guidance with St Giles Trust. I previously volunteered with Humankind. I took different substances for 28 years and experienced chronic addiction for 16 years which led to homelessness and numerous spells in custody. I have now been abstinent for four years. I want to give people the support they deserve by building a relationship and rapport. I believe in recovery but also recognise that this is their choice. I see the main aim of my job as keeping people as safe as possible. I try to rebuild confidence, motivate and empower people to reflect on the choices they make.