Dan gave 100 per cent to Exmouth firm who helped him turn his life around

PUBLISHED: 15:54 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:54 28 March 2018

Above from Left to Right: Splash Projects facilitators who helped with the build, Symon Austin, with Dan Harrison

Above from Left to Right: Splash Projects facilitators who helped with the build, Symon Austin, with Dan Harrison

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A year ago Dan Harrison, aged 29, was in Exeter prison, trying to give up booze and drugs; he now lives in a flat in Burnham-on-Sea with his girlfriend after the Splash Projects, based in Victoria Road, Exmouth, helped him turn his life around, giving him a chance to help build homes for homeless ex-forces veterans.

An Exmouth company has helped an alcoholic drug addict turn his life around through work experience on a charity project for the homeless.

A year ago Dan Harrison, aged 29, was in Exeter prison, trying to give up booze and drugs; he now lives in a flat in Burnham-on-Sea with his girlfriend after the Splash Projects, based in Victoria Road, Exmouth, gave him a chance to help build homes for homeless ex-forces veterans.

Dan said the experience gave him the motivation and determination to give up drink and drugs, leave the hostel where he was living, successfully apply for a job and find a flat.

Dan, who lived in a Taunton hostel on release from prison, was taken on as a labourer to work on the Victory House project where Splash converted former Taunton Association for the Homeless (TAH) offices into new accommodation, with four of the eight rooms accessible for wheelchair users.

Dan, who was a resident of another nearby TAH homeless shelter, seized the chance to complete some work experience alongside the highly-experienced Splash team; he picked up valuable construction skills, starting on demolition work and moving on to skilled preparation of new walls.

Dan said his fresh attitude to life and motivation to succeed was prompted by the ‘good attributes’ of his site co-workers.

He said: “I didn’t want to let them down. I put one hundred per cent into it from day one. From the day I started I stopped drinking; there was a lot of temptation, living in the hostel.”

Dan, who now has the qualifications to work on any building site, added: “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of boys to work for.

“I learned to care about the project as it progressed. I have massive respect for the Splash team as they changed my life in many ways.”

Colin Robertson, senior programme manager at Splash, said: “It’s brilliant to see the difference in Dan and hear how his life has changed since he worked on the Victory House project.

“He worked hard and became a valued member of the team and we wish him every success in the future.

“Most of the Splash Projects team are former forces personnel and so this project was always going to be close to our hearts – to hear stories such as Dan’s is just the icing on the cake.”


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