Leigh admits he was more worried about release than excited.
During his 18-month sentence at HMP Thorn Cross he’d become complacent.
“Finding a job can be a minefield with convictions,” he says. “So starting working with Recycling Lives was a relief, removing that stress, as well as putting some routine and structure back into my life too.”
Leigh started out in the Academy stripping TVs, but earned his Fork Lift Truck license to win a promotion that saw him co-ordinating the external yard and, in turn, increasing productivity – Thorn Cross is Recycling Lives’ most productive HMP Academy: “If you work hard and listen, you get more and more responsibility.”
After seven months working in the Academy he was approved for ROTL and started work with Green Growth Ltd – a clean energy company.
He said: “I embraced the opportunity and am ready for release now. And my family believe in me again - I’ve regained their trust.”