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Job AdvertBob* had everything he wanted. A nice flat in south London, a girlfriend, a young son and the cash to buy anything he desired, but he lost it all.

 

In 2010, Wandsworth-born Bob was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison for selling crack and heroin.

After his release in August 2012, he travelled to South Africa with charity Regenerate to build houses for orphans and people with HIV and Aids.

Now, he’s back in south London and has secured his first full-time job for Wandsworth Council.

*Name changed to protect identity.

Background 

It was all too easy to embrace the lifestyle Bob grew up in. By Year 9, he had been expelled and would never return to mainstream education.

Stints at Pupil Referral Units and Special Schools saw him form close bonds with older pupils who were dealing drugs.  “I picked up their lifestyle through association at first.”

“I was soon in the driving seat and there were five of us in a very tight circle that used to sell crack and heroin, as well as being involved in a lot of gang commotion in the area.”

On Probation

A police sting saw Bob arrested and sent to HMP Wandsworth.

It was the wake-up call he needed.  “My son was three at the time and I knew I wanted to be a role model for him, not a failure,” he said.

“Before my arrest I thought I had everything, but I didn’t realise how fragile it was.  When I was released, I went straight to Regenerate to see if there was anything I could get involved in.”

It changed Bob’s life.  Regenerate offered him the chance to join a team of volunteers heading to South Africa for two weeks in December 2012.

“It was the inspiration I needed to keep on the straight and narrow, and it gave me the impetus to work with probation at Wandsworth to ensure I was allowed to go,” he explained.

“It helped having constant support and the structure it created let me focus on the next step.  I surrounded myself with good people and, alongside the support of my family and friends, managed to keep out of trouble.”

Warren spent seven days of the South Africa trip in White River, Mpumalanga, working with American charity 10,000 Homes.

 The Probation Officer’s View 

“Bob was raring to go from the start and has been very proactive in finding employment and voluntary work.

Koliswa, Bob’s Probation Officer said,  “It’s sheer motivation and a great understanding of what it takes not to reoffend that has made him a success story and an ideal service user.”

 Where are they now? 

Bob is now working with Aspire to be Great, a social enterprise founded by his friend Ali.

Aspire visits local schools and host workshops educating pupils about the reality of gangs and drugs.  “I love these visits because it feels like I’m really putting something back into the community,” he explained.

Bob recently obtained his electrical Level 3 Inspecting and Testing qualification, so he can now sign off work himself when it’s completed.  It is perfect timing for his new role as an electrician with Wandsworth Council.

The Last Word

Bob said, “I’m looking forward to having a job where I can actually pay tax.

“I want to earn for myself and feel what it’s like to be a normal part of society.”

*Name changed to protect identity.

 

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