Lee was sleeping on his father’s sofa in a sheltered scheme after leaving prison with nowhere to go when his probation officer referred him to a Nacro supported housing project in Manchester. Lee’s aim was to return to work, but after being in custody he lacked confidence in himself. Lee identified this issue in his support plans and, working with his support worker and Nacro’s specialised service user involvement worker, created a range of opportunities, both national and local, to help him rediscover his talents.

To date, Lee has gained a certificate through doing an eco building course with a local training organisation, spoken externally to a group of healthcare professionals about his experiences in prison and played an active part in Nacro’s service user involvement work, including attending local service user involvement groups, being voted house representative and sitting on the national Nacro Service User Council.

Lee says that the work Nacro has done with him has been all about enabling him to rebuild his confidence by offering new opportunities to him – both within and outside Nacro. Lee is now ready and eager to move into a new home to begin the next phase of his life. He now knows what he wants out of his future and has the confidence to follow it through. He has an appointment with a careers adviser to help him plan how to realise his new ambition of working in social care, and he is also training to become a peer mentor.