I’m so sorry I can’t be here in person today. I hope you are all in good health and spirits.
My name is Paul, I’m very humbled and grateful to be around to tell you this today. I have been invited here by Tempus Novo. A charity that supports ex-offenders and people with criminal records. They help to seek full time employment with partnerships and companies such as Clipper logistics.
I’ll begin by telling you a little about myself. In 2012 I was convicted of a serious offence of armed robbery. I received a discretionary life licence. With a 10-year minimum term before I could be considered for release back into the community. Having time to understand and reflect on the impact my actions have caused to others has had a life changing effect on me.
I’ve used all my time constructively and been very pro-active in addressing my criminal behaviour. I have worked hard to get to an open prison where I have been able to use the support from Tempus Novo and gained full time employment for Clipper logistics in Northampton.
I’ve been unemployed for most of my life, I’ve been in custody for 10 years. I had no money, nowhere to live and did not know how I was going to financially support myself and survive until support was offered. I was given an opportunity of full-time employment with Clipper which I accepted gratefully. I started this job on 14th Nov 2021. I’ve been employed for 6 months. I’m now a fully trained warehouse operator. I’m also cross trained in many different roles. I now have work colleagues that I admire and respect plus I am able to save enough money to cloth myself, support my family and have a deposit for accommodation upon my release once I leave my brother’s family home.
So firstly, I would like to say thanks to everybody at Tempus Novo but especially the people who I have interacted with. My caseworker Olivia , The founders of Tempus Novo and also everybody at Clipper Logistics in Northampton, My line managers, who are wonderful people, Lumi , George , Arron and all my work colleagues who have treated me without bias or judgement and made me feel part of the team from day one. Also, a big shout out to Inditex shift 2. They always meet their standards and complete their tasks.
Without tempus Novo and Clipper Logistics working so hard creating these opportunities a lot of ex-offenders would almost certainly have little hope and this includes me too. They would be more likely to end up back re-offending and back in prison and that is a fact.
My journey is still continuing, and it is a lifelong process, but I’m now building strong foundations to cement my future. My parole is in Aug 2022 and hopefully I will be released back into the community. Most importantly I have been guaranteed a transfer to Clipper logistics in Ollerton in Mansfield which is 15mins away from where my family live.
So please embrace and support these charities because without opportunities like these ex-offenders such as me still have no hope or direction because you can’t experience what it’s like being locked behind a prison door.
Shamas is working at Clipper Logistics plc. He has been at Clipper for over a year and has shown he has a great work ethic and loyalty. He started work whilst still serving his sentence, through the Release on Temporary License Scheme (ROTL). This meant that during the day, he went to work at Clipper and at night he would return to prison.
Throughout his time on ROTL and even before he was working, Shamas was determined to do well, but he knew that finding a job even without a criminal conviction would be difficult, never mind with one. He was facing an uphill battle until he was introduced to Tempus Novo. He was successful at interview with Tempus Novo and assigned a case worker who then mentored him through the first 6 months of his employment.
Shamas has proven that his past is exactly that, the past and he has grasped this opportunity so well he’s now been promoted to Training Champion. In his new role, he oversees the training of all new recruits and he has already expressed his love for his new role. He said: “I love this new role! I have more responsibility and it’s a step up, I would love to go further here at Clipper. The opportunities are there. I can see it. I have seen it happen here, other people have come in and climbed the ranks fast and I know I can do that.”
He is ambitious and tells us that he plans to get as high as he can at Clipper. He believes the opportunities are there to progress within the company as he sees the way Clipper support everyone regardless of their background. He sees his future at Clipper and believes this is just the start of a wonderful new life. One where he is made to feel worthy, where he has self-respect, structure, purpose and can feel proud of his contribution to society.
Faisal approached Tempus Novo upon release from prison in 2019 after hearing about us through a friend. When we first met Faisal, he was living in a hostel and adjusting to life outside of the prison walls. However during his first appointment he really showed us how keen he was just to get a chance to work for a company and gain some experience. Faisal has been working for one of our partner companies for a number of months now, has moved into his own flat, and has widened his skillset massively since that first appointment. He said that work had given him something to focus on and channel his energy into whilst getting back on his feet.
Tempus Novo are so proud of Faisal’s continuous development and will continue to support him within his employment.
“My life is in my hands and with the direction Tempus Novo gave me my life has new direction”
Tony has now been in work since December 2017 and is delighted to be able to support his family. Tony is passionate about a job been the most significant contributing factor to keeping him out of crime, but more than that it gives him the structure and stability to go from strength to strength.
He says it best himself this video: Take a look!
One of our very first graduates Tom approached us while in custody back in 2013. Although it was his first time in prison he would still face the same barrier on release of having a conviction when trying to find work. Upon release we secured him a fulltime job at a wool scouring plant in Bradford where he stayed for two and a half years. He left this employment on good terms as he needed something nearer home, and went on to work in one of our partner businesses more suited to his location.
His partner and young daughter are his entire world and he is eternally grateful for the life changing opportunity both the employer and Tempus Novo have given him. He is enjoying spending quality time with his family and says he feels more confident for the future.
Since coming out of prison Faizal has been desperate to stay out of trouble. Thanks to some tremendous support from his caseworker Neil, he has now been working as a self-employed barber since way back in 2016. He has passed his driving test and even got married since coming out of prison, and his wedding day was one he was proud to invite with his former Tempus Novo caseworker Neil to share in.
There are many ways you can become involved with Tempus Novo and help us make a difference. From employing a TN Graduate, through to sponsorship and fundraising.
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