Dayle and Ingeus UK

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Community rehabilitation success story

Before he began working with Ingeus UK, Dayle had been working in a retail management position.

Last year, he got in trouble with the law and spent 11 weeks in custody.

After completing his incarceration, he was referred to Ingeus UK's employment, training and education services (ETE).

He connected with Parm Rai, his personal wellbeing advisor through the Commissioned Rehabilitative Services (CRS) program delivered by Ingeus on behalf of His Majesty's Prison and Probation Service.

Commissioned Rehabilitative Services are part of the Ministry of Justice’s probation system and provide flexible, responsive services to help break the cycle of reoffending.

"The main people that benefit from this service is the people who are on probation - ex-offenders, people coming out of prison, people who are suffering with their mental health issues and need some support and guidance and help to build and develop coping strategies." Parm Rai said.

Dayle was one of the first referrals in his local area, and he's worked hard to get back to a good place mentally and in his career.

Using his experience to help others

"They started giving me some hope, some belief" Dayle said.

"I thought, actually, there is a way I can get back to feeling like a valued member of society."

Initially working as a volunteer in the peer mentor, he found he enjoyed connecting with people and using his lived experiences to help others.

Not long after he started this, a job opportunity with Ingeus came up for a personal wellbeing mentor.

He applied, and succeeded in getting the job.

He works actively in his community with ex-offenders, attending appointments and working on their goals with them.

"It feels quite good that I get the opportunity to help people" Dayle said.

"When you first come out and you've got no-one besides yourself, I try to steer them in the right direction."