A young woman has turned her life around with the support of probation workers.
Bella* was sentenced to a community order for assaulting a police officer while heavily intoxicated.
Bella had been a victim of violence as a child and had spent time in local authority care. By the time she had been sentenced for the offence at age 20, Bella was regularly misusing alcohol by binge drinking.
Struggling with anxiety and not comfortable working in a supervised Community Payback group with mainly male offenders, Bella began to undertake her Community Payback activity at Eden House – a female-only environment run by Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company.
Bella’s offender manager Jo is also based at Eden House, and has supported her to complete her Rehabilitation Activity Requirement by engaging with a series of activities, including completing a victim awareness programme, an emotional wellbeing course, planning sessions to support positive life changes, and specialist training from on-site Education, Training and Employment (ETE) officer Michaela and SGS College.
After a while, and as her confidence grew, Bella explored more training opportunities and started to apply for suitable jobs and Apprenticeships independently. She attended jobs fairs and took the opportunity to network with potential employers, handing out CVs and applying for traineeships and apprenticeship opportunities.
And due to her fantastic progress, Bella won an award at the Eden House Client Celebration Event.
Soon after, she was thrilled to land a traineeship in the health sector and after impressing managers, she was offered a full-time administration job in the same sector.
Bella’s offender manager Jo says: “Bella is a little star, she is a perfect example of what can be achieved when someone is given the support they need to make changes.”
Bella’s ETE officer Michaela says: “It was a pleasure to work with Bella as she always engaged well and was very proactive in her approach to achieving her career goal. Whatever task we set together she completed it and took full advantage of any appropriate resources available to her such as attending local jobs fairs. I am so pleased that all her hard work and determination has paid off and that she now has a well-earned permanent position.”
*names changed to protect identities
Originally from London, Thomas was stuck in a rut – committing crime to fulfil his drug habit and in and out of prison on a regular basis.