“The good thing about this programme is that it has supported my specific needs. It has bought me up a level in my understanding of life in a realistic way. The guys that I have been working with have been real with me.”

Darren D's Story

Darren has spent most of his adult life in prison and is currently on supervision on a life licence for convictions that will never be spent.

Darren joined the project late July 2014.  Darren has worked on Lanfranc House and St Wulstan’s Crescent bungalow and, together with another colleague, thrived as they could put all the skills learnt working on Lanfranc House to full use on the bungalow and make this project ‘their own’.

Darren has shown great compassion and understanding of other people’s situations and as such has, since Jan 2015, begun training as a peer mentor whilst on site. Although Darren has learnt skills which enhance his employment opportunities he has also identified and been encouraged to develop social empathy skills and hopes to be able to use these to help and support others in the future.

Darren is currently preparing to take his driving theory test and is working towards gaining a driving licence. He is due to complete his time at the project in March 2015 and has been offered part time employment maintaining gardens. Darren has also been offered the opportunity to volunteer as a mentor at a local social enterprise and hopes to expand the garden maintenance service and be able to offer work placements to those he is mentoring which he hopes will then lead to full time employment.

Success stories

  • J's Story

    J's Story

    “When my dad heard about the brickie job he took me out for dinner. He has never done anything like that before”.

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  • Shane's Story

    Shane's Story

    “I owe everybody on this project so much. Otherwise I would just be sat at home doing nothing!”

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  • Darren's Story

    Darren's Story

    “Everyone in this company tries to help me when I’m down; I’ve never really had that before.”

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  • Tacumba’s story

    Tacumba’s story

    “Work is good – ex-offenders need to have routine after jail and that’s what work is.”

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  • Shakeem’s story

    Shakeem’s story

    “My older brother is a good influence in my life; he works hard and is doing well so I want to be like him.”

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  • Ryan's Story

    Ryan's Story

    “It is critical that I stay in work or I know I’ll go back to ‘other stuff’.”

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  • Remmel's Story

    Remmel's Story

    “Now that I’m doing this (job), I’ve got somethin’ important, so I don’t do anything stupid like … jump into a car with my mates to do something dodgy.”

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  • Luke's Story

    Luke's Story

    “I feel like there’s light at the end of the tunnel now, whereas before I was wandering around in complete darkness.”

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  • Darren D's Story

    Darren D's Story

    “The good thing about this programme is that it has supported my specific needs. It has bought me up a level in my understanding of life in a realistic way….

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