IOM Support Worker

Rebecca Hayes

I first came across CLI when I was in my final few months of my Criminology Combined Psychology degree at the University of Huddersfield. Like many others at that time of my life I didn’t know which direction I wanted to go in, I just knew that I wanted to have a job that I was happy to wake up to go to each morning. I particularly wanted to have a purposeful role, a role that gave people the opportunity to change if they wanted to, and people really interest me, particularly those involved with the criminal justice system, hence the psychology combined criminology aspect!

I sent off an application to become a volunteer mentor with CLI and a few weeks later after the training, I was matched up with my first service user. During my time as a volunteer I was working in the service industry as a bar manager in various establishments, this allowed me the flexibility to volunteer. After 16 months as a volunteer, I applied for the support worker role with CLI and I was successful.

Since becoming a member of staff, my life has changed completely, it motivates me to be the best I can be, and people say this is the happiest and most determined they have ever known me to be. CLI is very important to me, the organisation changes lives, not just the lives of the service users, they look after their own too. I have gained so much from it, I have learnt a lot about myself and others – my perspectives have totally changed! I couldn’t wish to be part of a better team.