AL was referred to the UP Project in June 2020. He had recently been released from prison and was residing in a hostel. He was relocated and feeling extremely isolated, unmotivated and had very little ambition. Upon assessing AL, the following areas of support were identified employability, confidence building, job seeking and disclosure support.
AL was invited to attend our online employability workshop and was offered further support to create his CV. Having successfully completed the above along with working hard to create his new CV AL informed us he was feeling much more employable and confident to apply for jobs independently. AL had even gone as far as discovering his chosen career path in construction, with this in mind the UP Project have paid for AL to sit his CSCS test in August all expenses paid. AL said
Since working with Siobhan at the UP Project I have started work permanently, am in the process of beginning my functional skills course which is going to be really good and she always offers me new opportunities to better myself in regards to employment and volunteering opportunities. I now feel I have the confidence to leave my past in the past and begin paving my future with her continued support.
This week AL participated in our disclosure workshop and obtained a high level of understanding regarding disclosing his convictions to potential employers. AL worked very hard to create his own pre disclosure letter which was not easy as he expressed the difficulty in reliving his once negative life experiences.
AL has displayed a high level of commitment and participation to the UP Project and himself and his outcomes speak for themselves. AL is now employed with a reputable company DPD and is due to begin his Functional skills course having been referred to Babington by the UP Project and being provided with a laptop to complete this from home and is excited to be taking his CSCS test in the next week.
AL now feels more settled in his new accommodation, feels he has his motivation back and is enjoying working hard and earning an honest income. We at the UP Project are extremely proud of AL and see a very bright future prevailing for him well done from us all.
AL has also been actively involved in the UP and WIRE projects knife crime project. He has been an asset to the group and has decided he would like to volunteer working with young people to implementing change in the lives of those who live at a disadvantage or are involved in criminality and carrying knives.
To find out more about the UP Project and how to get involved, contact Siobhan Hirrell, UP Project Development Officer, Siobhan@leicestershirecares.co.uk