“I was in a school for naughty boys for about five years then when I finished school, they gave me a flat. It was a case of ‘there’s your keys, off you go’. I had £40 a week for bills, food, everything.
“No-one forced me to deal drugs but I didn’t know how else to live or how to get money together. I had no confidence.
“When I landed in jail my head was all over the place. I knew I needed to settle down and then I met Recycling Lives. I worked like mad and Ray, the workshop manager, said I was a good worker. I’d never had approval like that before.
“I had just over £1,000 saved up when I got out – actual legitimate money! I got somewhere to live and started working.
“It’s not just a job at Recycling Lives, it’s the support you get too. If I hadn’t had that I don’t know where I’d be now.
“I’ve done workshops for mental health – I’ve learned how to change my mindset. I feel wicked about myself now.
“I’m happier, I’m working and I’m saving up. I’ve never felt proud of myself like this before.”

Back to all Case Studies

Latest case studies



Gary now has a settled home and a steady job for the first time

Read More
recycling lives


Damien has broken the cycle of crime and is a role model to his family

Read More
Chamayne's story


Chamayne has overcome mental health problems and secured her first job

Read More