Billy the ex-offender


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 Billy, InsideOut Programme User

Billy an ex-offender and a qualified electrician dropped in to the Volunteer Centre after being unemployed for two years.

He  heard  about  the centre  from a  friend  and  came  to register  with  us  to  volunteer  in  order  to  build  confidence  and  gain  skills  to  improve  his chances  of  finding  long  term  paid  employment. 

We connected him to a local garden project who needed help in order to service and fix its machinery. Billy proved incredibly valuable to the garden project with his knowledge and experience and was confidently able to identify and fix faults.

The garden project was  thrilled  by  what  Billy  had  achieved and  Billy  was overwhelmed  by  the  difference  his  skills  had  made.

Or Resettlement Officer also supported  Billy  to  update  his  CV  and  help  him  find paid  employment; within  a  few months Billy found a job as an electrician.

Over 10.5 million people in the UK have a criminal record as well as a third of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance; this represents a huge pool of potential talent, but still 75% of employers discriminate against applicants on the basis of criminal records.

Could you help someone like Billy use their skills and resettle back in to the community?

If so, please contact Valeria Villa on valeria.villa@vckc.org.uk or call 0208 8960 3722