I was at UWE from Sept 2006 - July 2009, studying Primary Education.
I came across Ebe through the churches fair at the CU and was given a lift in the first time by Julie and Alex. It was a week when there was a student lunch, during which I met a couple of others on my course who went on to become great friends. From that point onwards I went to Ebe every week, joined the kids club team, was mentored, and went to a fair few more student meals! At the end of my second year got married and we continued to attend Ebe together. Whenever family or friends visited they were brought along too. It really was the most warm and wonderful church experience, I wish I could have taken the whole church with me when I left Bristol!
Ebe had a lasting impact on my faith and my view of church and what church can be when it is working really well. My student years were a time when my faith was really strong and that has helped enormously through tougher times since.
After leaving Bristol my husband and I moved first to Brighton and then down to Devon where we live now. I spent 7 years as a teacher before finally making the switch to working at an animal rescue charity where I am loving my role as a welfare assistant.