"I grabbed opportunities with both hands"

Anthony achieved a Recycling Lives first when he worked in its HMP Academy in Thorn Cross.

His solid work ethic and determination to succeed saw him become the first offender supervisor in any of Recycling Lives’ HMP Academies.

“I was determined to grab opportunities with both hands” he says. Anthony had worked with drugs teams during his two-and-a-half years in the prison, meaning he was eligible to work with Recycling Lives when it opened a workshop there in January 2016. And he’s now reaping the rewards.

Not only is he enjoying better relationships with his parents – “they’ve seen a big change in my behaviour and attitude” – but he also has great career prospects.

Anthony worked on day release with a clean energy company in Merseyside and secured a full-time job with them on release to train as a bio-fuel maintenance engineer.