AN Eastwood man who went to prison for armed robbery has taken on a project with the Princes Trust to help turn his life around.
After two and a half years in prison, Jason Gorden is now building a community allotment for people with learning disibilities to do something positive in the community and to help his prospects finding a job.
Jason, 22, said: “When I heard about it I thought it would be a good thing to do. I wanted to give somehting back to the community.
“I couldn’t really get a job when I got out of prison to be honest and I thought instead of sitting on my backside I would come here. It gets me used to routine. I’m up at 7.30am everyday and it gives me work experience as well so I might get a job out of it ultimately. It might get my foot in the door. When I go for a job people see my criminal record and don’t want to give me a second chance.”
Princes Trust team leader Kelly Coleman described Jason as a ‘model student’.
She said: “He is so supportive of other people we have on the team, he arrives every day and he’s really proactive.
“He’s not afraid to own up to what he has done. He has learn from it and now wants a new life.
“I couldn’t ask for for a more responsible student. We are all for celebrating when they are trying really hard.”
The team of 12, based at Derby College in Ilkeston, are spending the next two weeks doing charity car washes and bag packs to raise £700 for the project in Morley.