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

Ryan's Story

Ryan was 19 when he  joined the programme in June 2015.  His mother had contacted us because she was eager to steer him away from the negative influences he was surrounded with and away from a life-style of crime.

Ryan admitted that adjusting to the routine of work and being told what to do would be difficult but was willing to try.  He had a small amount of construction experience and was interested in developing this as a career option.

Considering Ryan came into the project so late, he has still gained skills and experience in several aspects of construction including carpentry work and assembling pre-fabricated timber sections, landscaping, drainage, plaster boarding, and general carpentry and site maintenance.  Ryan has completed a one-day health and safety course and is due to renew his CSCS card.

Ryan really struggled to adapt to the world of work.  He found it difficult to be told what to do, especially if he disliked the task or felt he is being given the lesser jobs.  Ryan also struggled with attendance and found it hard to be at work every day.  He slowly began to trust and respect those working around him and developed a really good relationship with his colleagues.

He really wants to improve himself and keep on the straight and narrow but is torn between this and the alternative life of making quick money and answering to no one but himself.  He has achieved his target of getting back into football and is regularly playing for a team again which is a really positive move for him.

Ryan is continuing to work with Jericho on a trial basis in the hope that he can turn-a-corner.  If not, Jericho will support Ryan in looking for other options.

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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