Gary is a Client Involvement Worker, working with young people aged 13-25, and has been with P3 for 2 years. He has had difficulties related to his family background since very young: he was thrown out of schools, had experimented with drugs and was made homeless several times. He then left his town to find work in various places around the country and also in France and Ireland. Around 2005 he accessed P3’s ‘Navigator’ project in London, which is a one-stop shop for young people. He subsequently used a wide range of P3 support services, The Navigator project provided him with a lot of help “in relation to day to day stuff” and for education and work. He became a volunteer and participated in a panel presentation about the project to a potential merger partner. He found this a very positive experience and decided that he wanted to work with young offenders. When a vacancy
arose, he was encouraged by P3 managers to apply. He got the job as a Client Involvement Worker and started in May 2008, in spite of an extensive CRB record (which was discussed in depth with managers before his appointment). It’s a one-day per week position and he supports different projects across London. He lives in his own accommodation and has had other employment
alongside his position with P3. However, he has found that most employers do not risk employing him because of his CRB record. He would like to work more days a week for P3.
Gary feels he has received a lot of help and personal support from his line manager and there are also other support networks if he needs them. His line manager observed that Gary’s ability to relate
to young people with problems has helped to get many engaged in the project – his personal experience has been invaluable.