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Helping Steven... Twice

A man who says he made a ‘silly mistake’ after being convicted for drink driving has praised the team behind getting his life back on track again.

Steven, 34, of Swindon, had a successful working career before it unravelled following a drink drive conviction and he became unemployed for the first time in his adult life.

He said: “I had worked in carpentry, in supermarkets, had a driving job – I’d done lots of different things. But I was doing a driving job when I was convicted and obviously banned from driving so had to leave that job. It was the first time I’d ever been unemployed and was in a bad place. I was devastated.”

Fully regretting his decision to get behind the wheel of a car while over the legal limit, Steven was given a driving ban with a Community Order and 100 hours of Community Payback. He completed his hours with Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC), owned by Working Links, and then sought help to get back into work.

Working Links also delivers the Links to Work employability programme in Wiltshire, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund. This programme helps people on their journey towards work with advice, guidance and training.
There, he was teamed up with personal consultant Katherine Ashton who supported him through a series of courses to get him ready for the workplace again.

Steven added: “The Community Payback was good as it was hard work and it kept me going. Prior to having a driving ban I was looking into the idea of launching my own painting and decorating business, but that had to be put on hold as I’d need transport.

“Working Links were brilliant. I hadn’t known about the support available until I was informed by the CRC. I left school with not the best qualifications, so the courses came in handy. I completed a customer service course, got my CSCS card and I also did a first aid course. It kept me positive when I didn’t think I would ever get a job again.”

But Steven found light at the end of the tunnel after landing a cleaning job within the health service, having swapped his car journey with a bike, concluding: “I now ride to work on my bike six miles each way. On cold mornings, I definitely feel as though I’ve learnt my lesson.”

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