Some of the case studies highlighting Tempus Novo have a unique and successful model.
Dave has served several sentences and like many people in his position and at his time of life, he decided he wanted to move away from a life of crime and join mainstream society, paying taxes and living a normal life.
Fortunately for him his offender supervisor in HMP Leeds contacted Tempus Novo who managed to secure him an interview. He attended the interview in December 2014 and was successful. He now has his own rented flat, a good network of support and feedback from his manager is that he is working extremely hard and is reliable and grateful for the opportunity.
Dave is a fine example of how recruiting ex offenders pays off for the business.
Luke heard about Tempus Novo through his probation officer and decided to make contact. We met with him at the hostel he was staying in, interviewed him and introduced him to his mentor Neil.
Although it wasn’t a quick fix with regards to employment for Luke, he maintained contact with Neil and showed a good level of desire to change. In the past drink has been Luke’s downfall as it has led to crime and several prison sentences. Now with fulltime “paid” employment at a company who know about his past, and a mentor who understands and cares, he is in an incredible position to leave crime behind and start a new life, working hard, paying taxes and contributing to the local economy.
Only last week he received his first wage and commented “it felt so good to go to the bank and have money in my account”. He also said how he would like to make a donation to Tempus Novo and help the next graduate of our lifechanging programme.
Brian first engaged with Tempus Novo via his personal officer in HMP Leeds, some 6 months ago. Since then he has made a great effort in prison to prove himself as both hard working and trustworthy. Together with his probation officer Sarah we have managed his complicated transistion back in to society.
Brian is someone who has reached his late 30’s and wants an opportunity to move away from crime. He is under no illusion that to be given a chance in employment is a unique situation for someone with a criminal history as chaotic as his, but is determined to prove he is worthy of any such chance. He is typical of many offenders who have known nothing other than crime all their lives but are desperate to change.
Thanks to our corporate partner Haworth Scouring, Brian now has the chance to change his life, as he started there on the 30/9/15. His attitude and work ethic won’t be a problem, it’s purely down to whether he can stay away from old associates and build a new life and new friends.
Interestingly Stephen was referred to us by another ex-offender we worked with Gary Sharpe. Stephen made contact and came along to meet Val and I in a bid to persuade us he was worth our time and worthy of becoming a Tempus Novo ambassador. He interviewed well and we managed to secure an interview for him at KTSwire of Morley. That also went very well and he started fulltime, paid employment in July 2015.
Stephen has served several prison sentences and now at 38 years of age and with a young family to support, he has decided he wants to be able to do this without the police knocking on the door. It should not be underestimated just what an incredible opportunity this is at KTSwire, for him to change his life and become a positive role model for his children.
Update:28/5/17 Unfortunately Stephen is now back in prison. He had an argument with his wife, was kicked out of the family home and ended up staying with a friend and drug user. Many weeks of support from ourselves and his employer delayed the inevitable, but due to the instability in his life and not seeing his kids, he eventually succumbed to drugs.