Greater Manchester

Chris' Story

Chris landscape design and build

BACKGROUND

As far back as he can remember, Chris (name changed to protect identity) suffered with depression.  He was getting involved with the wrong people, had lost contact with his children, was battling an addiction with drugs and struggling to cope with his emotions.  He couldn’t see a way out, he even attempted suicide.


A NEW OPPORTUNITY
He knew he needed to change but didn’t know where to find help and support.

Chris first found out about Groundwork through the Prince’s Trust Team programme, which helps young people build their confidence and progress into employment or further training. This was the first step which helped Chris turn his life around and get onto the right path.

The Princes Trust Programme supports young people, aged 16 to 25, who are not currently employed or in full-time education. Over 12 action-packed weeks, Chris took part in a number of exciting challenges that pushed his limits, meeting new people and gaining new skills that changed the way he looked at his future. For Chris, this was just the beginning. His experience gained through the Princes trust built his CV and opened new doors to employment in the next chapter of his life.


SUPPORT
Graduating from the Prince’s Trust course in  2019, Chris volunteered with Groundwork Greater Manchester for a short time, developing his skills further and meeting industry professionals. Colleagues were really impressed with Chris, who was showing all the signs of being a great future employee. Eventually, an opportunity arrived which he knew he had to take.
Chris secured a paid role as a Land Apprentice on board the ‘Green Team’ in January 2020. A scheme delivered through a Groundwork and Rochdale Boroughwide Housing partnership.
Since then he’s overcome his addiction and seen his depression improve as well. An achievement he feels he couldn’t have reached this without the support of Groundwork and Rochdale Boroughwide Housing.
Chris Landscape design and build in action

Chris has become an essential part of Groundwork’s Green Team


THE OUTCOME
Chris is says he couldn’t be more thankful and grateful for the experience he’s gained through the Princes Trust and Groundwork’s Green Team, mentioning that his life is finally coming together slowly, and hopes he might even be able to see his children again soon.

I’ve learnt a lot since working with the Green Team, I really do adore my job and I don’t think I’d be here today if it wasn’t for the opportunities that I’ve been given.

Paul Dockerty, RBH Environmental & Cyclical Manager commented in response:

The Green Team is a very important initiative for RBH as its purpose is to help local people find a route back into employment and it’s great that it has played a part in helping Chris at a time when he most needed it.