Gil

I joined the Freedom Project through Learn Direct for a period of 4 weeks. I enjoyed participating at Mustard Tree so applied for the 20 weeks Project.   When I initially joined Mustard Tree, I felt really nervous and scared as I had not been exposed to a working environment for over 8 years.  I had spent the past few years in a vicious cycle of drinking alcohol, smoking weed and sleeping.  In all honesty, I felt ‘a bit lost in life’.

I can openly say Mustard Tree has given me a chance in life which I am ever so grateful.  Since taking on the responsibility of working in the facilities management team, I have regained self-belief and developed key skills to remain focused and organised with my time.  The project has also helped me improve my lifestyle, I eat more regularly now and I have formed new friends with people who have helped me keep away from bad habits.

I feel I have developed as a person. I have become confident and I enjoy working as a team at Mustard Tree.  More importantly, I am able to see my future in a positive light.

Eventually, I want to settle down with a nice girl and find a suitable job.  I am currently attending a weekly Job Club at Mustard Tree and I have been allocated a mentor who has become a close friend of mine. Both provisions are assisting with moving one step closer to securing a job.  The project has equipped me with the appropriate tools to pursue my future journey.