Making a difference

Darren D’s story

Darren has spent most of his adult life in prison and is currently on supervision on a life licence for convictions that will never be spent. Darren joined the project late July 2014 and has been supported by RE Enterprises. Darren has worked on Lanfranc House and St Wulstan’s Crescent bungalow and, together with another colleague, thrived as they could put all the skills learnt working on Lanfranc House to full use on the bungalow and make this project ‘their own’.

Darren has shown great compassion and understanding of other people’s situations and as such has, since Jan 2015, begun training as a peer mentor whilst on site. Although Darren has learnt skills which enhance his employment opportunities he has also identified and been encouraged to develop social empathy skills and hopes to be able to use these to help and support others in the future. Darren is currently preparing to take his driving theory test and is working towards gaining a driving licence. He is due to complete his time at the project in March 2015 and has been offered part time employment maintaining gardens. Darren has also been offered the opportunity to volunteer as a mentor at a local social enterprise and hopes to expand the garden maintenance service and be able to offer work placements to those he is mentoring which he hopes will then lead to full time employment.