Volunteer Peer mentor testimonials

When I was convicted in January 2017 my world fell apart. I had lost a career I had only ever known for 25years. With nowhere to turn I discovered Apex Trust a charity based company which assisted female ex offenders in employment, training and housing.

I have been engaging with Apex Trust for the past year and without their continued help and support I would not be where I am today. Which is, in full time employment in a brand new career with the NHS, in a beautiful new home of my own and also made some fantastic friends at Apex along the way.

For any female ex offender my advice would be, we all make mistakes. When you are in that dark place of loneliness, emptiness, failure, regret and are looking for rehabilitation, somewhere to turn, to not feel like you are facing life with a conviction alone then turn to Apex Trust.

I will never forget, yet always appreciate what everyone at Apex Trust has done to assist in my recovery, move forward, rehabilitate and most of all overcome my conviction. I thank everyone there who has been and still continues to be part of my journey.

Confidence to move on with my life.I will use my experiences to give something back by becoming a volunteer
I have put my past experiences to positive use by helping others in the same boat
Apex Trust, has given me the foundation I needed to progress into my future, I feel I have grown with confidence, and through each stage I feel I have been supported and encouraged to fulfil my potential. Can’t thank you enough
The course itself was fantastic and I have enjoyed every single session. Now I hope to go on and support women with whatever they need and see them cope and get back into work or just in a better place
It’s great to meet people who have been through this themselves, and know they can help
Filled with hope! It’s wonderful to meet people who have had the same experience. I have a feeling of self-worth again and a boost to my confidence
Now the course is complete I would like to use my knowledge to mentor and help people
Apex gave me hope that I have got a future. I’m so looking forward to taking on the peer mentor role
Nice to be able to be honest and not be judged- it’s great to feel part of the team.
I have found the course extremely eye opening and have learnt so much about how women ex-offenders struggle getting back into work or coping financially.
I feel like the course was very beneficial to me, I really enjoyed doing it and I learnt new information and skills.
I have a passion to help others and now I have completed the course I can’t wait to start mentoring.
Looking forward to be able to help others.Something to also look forward to for the future.
I felt so defeated, I felt completely let down by the system. Not just for me but for my kids. I just wanted to thank Apex for everything they have done. Because without them I don’t think I would be the stronger person I am today. I would never have had the courage to go to university. The stigma attached to offending is too hard to get over, you have to be ready and the people who are not engaging now were us and will engage with the support of Apex. They got me a job, they got me into training, and they built my confidence.

Clients journey

Rebecca is a 19yr old who was living in an abusive relationship.

When Rebecca first engaged with our services she was suffering from anxiety and depression. Her confidence levels were rock –bottom and she felt that her future would be hopeless now that she had a conviction

Rebecca has continued to engage with our services; she has an updated CV and a suitable disclosure letter.

One to one work around disclosure to an employer has been completed and Rebecca’s confidence has increased as evidenced through her Rickter review. In applying for work at Capita for call centre work, she was invited to interview, but unfortunately she was unsuccessful due to her having an ‘unspent’ conviction, but it has increased her confidence levels around disclosure, using the letter of disclosure as a tool to assist her in providing the information to an employer.

Kirsty – IAG Officer (Apex Trust) is currently discussing with Rebecca about opportunities around apprenticeship schemes and the intermediate labour market positions, which she feels would be ideal for Rebecca.

Rebecca has grown in confidence and knowledge since engaging with ACT 4 Women and is feeling more positive about her chances of securing employment.

Our support is ongoing.