In 2009 I was given ill health retirement from my job as a university chemistry technician because of an incompatibility between having Asperger’s Syndrome and my work that was causing me to suffer debilitating depression. Shortly afterwards I moved to Kettering in Northamptonshire. Shortly after I let my cats out for the first time, one disappeared. I printed off some “lost cat” leaflets and while distributing them, I came across the local branch of MIND, a UK mental health charity. I found that they ran an art workshop and decided to join. (The cat came home by himself after several days.)
Moved to Bristol in June 2012.