Some of the case studies highlighting Tempus Novo have a unique and successful model.
Paul spent 9 years in prison and naturally he was really looking forward to re-joining society. Then after dozens of job applications and not even a response, it dawned on him how difficult it is for someone with a criminal conviction to be taken seriously in the world of employment.
Fortunately he was put in touch with Tempus Novo and in May 2016 he began his new life as a mainstream taxpaying citizen. Paul is a great ambassador to our charity and feedback from his employer is he is working hard and fitting in very well.
Paul really is a great example of how ex-offenders who want to work and are given a second chance, will hang on to it for dear life and show their undying appreciation by being loyal and hardworking.
Only last week Paul attended our charity launch at Eversheds Solicitors in Leeds, where he shared his story with a spellbound audience, made up of prison governors, police officers, prison officers, probation, Judges and many more.
If only they all happened like this. Daniel came to see us here at TN HQ on the Monday for interview, interviewed very well and left the office feeling hopeful.
The same day we received a phone call from one of our corporate partners KTSWire of Leeds asking do we have any potential graduates for interview that could fit their culture?
We took Daniel to his interview with KTS the following day Tuesday, and he started work fulltime the next day.
Three weeks on and early days but "happy days!"
Unbelievably Daniel took a business card from us around 18months ago while he was serving a sentence in Leeds prison and hung on to it, as he says “for dear life”. On release from prison Daniel decided to sort his health and accommodation out first and so didn’t actually contact us until some 8/9 months later, although to his credit he had been doing some voluntary work to keep active and fill his days.
Then in mid September 2016 he rung Tempus Novo and came in for interview. A week later we approached our partner employer Timpson’s who it just so happens have recently expanded their business. Daniel was invited to interview on the Thursday and started his training the following Monday 23/9/16. Early indications from his boss are he is doing really well, and Daniel himself says he is loving it. Timpson’s have been employing ex-offenders successfully for around 15years now.
Luke had an awful start in life as he was moved from care home to care home. He never had that love that most of us are fortunate to receive in our early years, and found himself hanging out with gangs in Birmingham and getting into trouble. I guess the gang was his family? Amazingly and still only in his twenties, Luke decided to try and escape that life of crime and prisons by moving to Leeds and changing his name. Then around mid March 2017 he came to TN for an interview. Such was his desire to change he went and volunteered for a few weeks, while we looked to place him with one of our businesses. Thankfully we managed to get him an interview with one of our latest partners Beer Hawk, where he was successful. He started there on the 10th April 2017 and has just been handed a contract, something he was proud to share with us this week.