What we've been up to this month:

It takes a lot of hard work and determination to change your life after prison. Switchback Mentors encourage Trainees to stick at it and push themselves, even when it feels terrifying and they want to give up. 
 
Recently, we had a Trainee who was struggling with life on the outside due to a severe lack of confidence and experience. We thought it would be a boost to meet someone who had once been in the same position and to give him some encouragement. We asked ex-Switchback Trainee Guellor, who moved on from Switchback into a full-time job at a restaurant, as well as starting up his own successful business, to come in for a chat. Guellor jumped at the chance to help someone else and was completely open about his own Switchback journey:
 
“I would not be where I am now without the support of Switchback. They really held my hand when I came out of prison for the first few months and I don’t know where I would be without that support. Working in the café helped me get used to interacting with people again and built my confidence”.
 
Not only was Guellor really inspiring to someone who was once in very similar shoes by paying it forward and providing respected encouragement, he has ALSO been helping Switchback by staring in our new video! The video is all part of Switchback’s 10 year anniversary on 24 May and we look forward to sharing it with you all soon!