‘It’s a long, hard road but the staff have seen something in me that I didn’t see myself – my potential! Now I feel good about myself. I really can achieve anything with this strong support.’

Choosing the right route through life can be arduous; It certainly was for Shirley, who despite having menial jobs in the past found hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin had led her to a lengthy prison sentence and continual rejection despite being ‘clean’ for 13 years.

‘I joined ‘Work Stations in Walsall’ with hope because conventional job centres didn’t seem interested in me.’

Since joining the Brownhills-based programme Shirley has made new friends and found confidence. She has acquired skills, been on courses and even given talks and presentations to group members. She is passionate in her quest to find a job that helps other people – particularly those who maybe homeless or have experienced some difficult times like herself.

‘At heart, I’m a good person and have moved forward with my life. At this club people don’t see my past, they see my future and are helping me on my journey. I can never repay their faith in me but I can make them proud of me. One day I will find the right job.’

Shirley recommends anyone seeking work to join the Monday club at Brownhills in the New Year and follow her path into employment.

‘It’s a long, hard road but the staff have seen something in me that I didn’t see myself – my potential! Now I feel good about myself. I really can achieve anything with this strong support.’