Our women’s addiction refuge, Benaiah, has said farewell to a retiring ‘legend’.
Anna Buchan, a support worker at the centre, was sent off in style by her colleagues.
It brought to an end seven years of supporting hurting women to break free from their addictions at Benaiah.
At the refuge, residents have the opportunity to turn their lives around, through leaving behind the hurt and chaos of their past to build healthy, vibrant futures.
Benaiah – which means ‘God has built’ – is the only residential centre in Scotland that allows mothers to continue living with their children while the parent works on their recovery.
Youngsters are able to stay at the centre full-time, allowing the mother to address personal issues and to create a better life for her and her child.
The centre can also accommodate pregnant women with addictions.
Anna commented: “It’s been a privilege being part of the Benaiah team and I am going to miss my colleagues very much. Benaiah is a special place and it’s been amazing to see the girls’ lives change. It was a real blessing to be ‘granny’ to some of the children who came in with their Mums.
“I am looking forward to now spending more time with my family and friends.”
Senior Support Worker at Benaiah, Grace Donn, added: “Anna has been such a great asset to Benaiah over the years. We’ll miss her sense of humour and the wisdom she spoke into the girls from lessons learned in her own journey. She always saw the potential in the women, encouraging them to keep going and not count the days – but rather make every day count.”