Before arriving in custody with Nacro, Naydeen had received a 24 month Detention Training Order (DTO) and had been serving a sentence at another establishment. When she became eligible for temporary release, Nacro resettlement brokers arranged for Naydeen to meet with The Princes Trust and Working Chance. Also, Nacro secured her a work placement with local charity Construct a Future, to give her more work experience and boost her confidence.

Because of Naydeen’s anxiety and depression, she didn’t attend these appointments immediately. The resettlement brokers at Nacro kept persisting, though. When she was ready, she agreed to hold a telephone interview with Working Chance, and our careers advisers gave her some training on interview techniques. In the end, Naydeen did so well that Working Chance signed her up to their recruitment agency.

She also started to shine with a gang awareness programme at Medway, and soon became a peer mentor.

By the time she left, Naydeen’s confidence had grown and she had achieved a Level 1 Award in Introduction to Hair. She’d also gained office work experience, a work reference and had signed up to Working Chance recruiters, who helped her look for employment upon her release.