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

Shane's Story

Shane would admit that his weakness is drugs and particularly drink. He is a hard worker but has lost previous jobs and gone to prison as a result of too much drink. Shane has been determined to overcome this problem and not without difficulties is on the brink of being free from the drink.

The support and opportunity offered by the Together programme has helped Shane to realise that he has a lot more to offer himself and that he can move on from his previous lifestyle.

He has past experience of working within construction but has struggled to hold down work because of addiction.  During the short time Shane has been on the Together programme Shane has physically become healthier and mentally stronger as a result of regular work. Shane has impressed the team with his determination to succeed.

Manual labour is something the Shane really enjoys and the satisfaction of seeing this project come together has given him fresh motivation to continue working within construction. Shane has been “really grateful” on a number of occasions for a chance that others would not have given him.

When Shane completed his period of employment with Together, he went on to find full time employment in the field of construction.

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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