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Lewis’ Story

Lewis is volunteering and looking forward to a fresh start

After seven years of unemployment, Lewis was feeling isolated and unmotivated. He has qualifications in computer science, and an interest in working in graphics or web design. However, before Towards Work this seemed a long way off. As well as lacking confidence, Lewis was also concerned that his previous convictions would limit his opportunities.

His Coordinator carried out a basic criminal records check and found that Lewis will not need to disclose his convictions. This had a big impact on his confidence and mental health, and Lewis no longer felt so daunted about approaching potential employers. He also took a confidence course, which further boosted his self-esteem.

As a result of his increased confidence Lewis took on some voluntary work with the local Wildlife Trust working on their website, creating and uploading content, carrying out website maintenance and learning new skills such as sound and video editing.

He decided that web development is something that he would like to pursue, and will soon be starting a course. Lewis is now much more motivated and feeling positive about his future.

Derventio Housing Trust is part of a partnership of local organisations delivering the Groundwork Greater Nottingham, Towards Work, Building Better Opportunities programme across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. It is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.