Jude’s Story – We Believe in Second Chances

Jude was signed off work as his mental health was deteriorating. Money was tight, he was sofa-surfing and eventually, he found himself on the wrong side of the law.

“Each day I’d wake up and decide I was going to do whatever – I had too much freedom, no real motivation at the time and nothing going for me.”

Through the Youth Offending Team, Jude heard about Inspire Suffolk’s youth development programmes. He didn’t feel ready for work, so he thought it would be a good way to stay out of trouble and fill his time.

Surpassing expectations, The Prince’s Trust Team Programme was an eye-opening experience for Jude. It allowed him to take a step away from his current circumstances and meet new people who were also there to better themselves.

“At the time, and I’m going to be honest here, my friends aren’t always the best influence so meeting new people who are in the same position as me, it helped build up my confidence.”

As time went on, he began to see work as something that could be fulfilling and give him a sense of achievement. On his work placement, he supported young people with special educational needs, gained confidence and really took pride in the responsibility he’d been given.

After the course, Jude found work as a window cleaner and has also recently secured a job at Inspire Suffolk to help young people like him find their next steps this summer.