Ann Carver's     RED Dot Story

RED means danger, the colour of seduction and reminds you to STOP being a liability. 

A yoga teacher, mother and wife,  perfect NOT! My spending habits spiralled out of control after a big family trauma overwhelmed me.  I began to shop to deal with the personal pressure, so I could carry on personally and professionally  as normal as I could.  Just like a smoker starts on a few cigarettes a day, and ends up smoking a packet of twenty, spending to feel better grabbed me in the same way. I wish it would have come with a health warning, like you see on alcohol and cigerettes, because the debt and despair was crippling. In the end I had to fold down doing what I much loved.

'Spending to feel better never helped my trauma, it simply made it more traumatic!'

 

I have appeared on ITV This Morning and BBC Television, and featured on BBC Radio Solent and featured in The Guardian - read my article here

 

In 2009 my spark was recognised by The School for Social EntrepreneursI was awarded a place to develop my idea, knowing there was very little help for people like you and me.  A social entrepreneur is someone who sees or experiences a problem and decides to do something about it.  

 

Shocked  

On my journey of recovery I’ve been shocked at the lack of help on offer. Especially for people who like me, who are suffering mental and emotional turmoil and NOT realising the dangers of retail therapy until the debt and addiction takes hold.  Conventional methods of help don’t offer habit changing solutions.  Loans gave me the green light to spend, budgeting didn’t work when I needed to mend my mood, and the interest that piled on and on was immense.  Without helping the people to change there won't be any! 

                                                           

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