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"When I was at a point where I didn’t know what I was going to do, I got a phone call from someone I knew at Turning Point, which is a support organisation in London, and she told me about the Employment Academy at The House of St Barnabas.

Before the training started, I was excited about it but I didn’t really know what to expect. I thought I might learn how to work in a kitchen.

I found the team building games fun and very positive. The other trainees were very friendly and we were a good group. I thought I would be placed in the kitchen but I left it to the staff to decide what would be best for me and they suggested I become a waiter.

I had good, supportive, members of staff helping me and I enjoyed the work. It was fun, it was a nice environment and I enjoyed talking to people. I definitely felt supported after graduating and I met up with my mentor once a month. It was good to have someone to talk things over with.

I am currently working part-time for Benugo at one of London’s leading museums and I will have been there for a year in December. It’s a good place to work. I am happy working in the museum café and I hope to increase my hours in the future.

The whole experience has been very positive and I feel happy and content with my life. Thank you to Shaftesbury for funding my place on The House of St Barnabas Employment Programme."

* Steven’s name has been changed to remain anonymous.