What they've been up to this month: 

Switchback have been working hard to help rehabilitate young people this month, and have been guiding a young man named Abdul through his release from prison.

Abdul was in HMP Isis for 18 months. He knew he didn’t want to go back to prison but didn’t know how to make the right changes so that didn’t happen. Abdul met his Switchback Mentor Milka in prison and together they began to plan for his release, setting achievable goals so that this change could become a reality. 

Abdul had never worked before, so unsurprisingly he found his café shifts really challenging when he was first released. On top of the early starts and the long hours, Abdul had a hefty commute to even get to Switchback. His determination to stay out of prison kept him going and he managed to adjust to the new routine.

Abdul’s Switchback Mentor continued to support him every step of the way while he pushed himself. It wasn’t always easy, but within just five months he had completed barista training, a security course and a music tech course! Abdul had his last ever action plan recently and is now in full-time work but he has a bigger plan, to study business at university while working part-time to sustain it. 

“It’s going to be weird not coming into Switchback. I can’t believe I’ve done so much since prison. I needed to keep busy and I didn’t realise that was so important. It’s all about your mindset. You know it’s not going to be easy but you’ve got to keep focused on what you want and stick to it.”