Chris’s Story

After finding himself unemployed for a number of years, Chris was starting to feel that his confidence and self-esteem were being impacted negatively. Chris mentioned to his Work Coach at Job Centre Plus that he would like to work in Security, but was struggling to acquire his SIA licence. His Work Coach referred him to Hopeful Families at Halifax Opportunities Trust. The programme is joint funded by Lottery Community Fund & European Social Fund and gave Chris the opportunity to attend their Door Supervision course as well as helping him to acquire his licence.

Chris attended the Door Supervision course and passed with flying colours and was then funded by Hopeful Families to acquire his licence. He was delighted when his licence & certificate arrived, re-invigorating his confidence.

After being supported by his Hopeful Families Family Mentor to apply for Security jobs, including getting help with his applications and interview skills, he was successful in applying for a job with Poundland as a Security Guard and has now been working there for the past 4 months. Delighted with his new sense of purpose, Chris says: ‘Without the help of Halifax Opportunities Trust and my Family Mentor, I think that I still wouldn’t be in a job. I’m really grateful to the team for helping me out and changing my life. I now have something to get up for!’