Chris had a tough start in life; he lived most of his early years in care and as a teenager, quickly fell into a cycle of crime, prison and heroine addiction. After becoming a father in his 30s, Chris got himself clean but his job prospects and ability to provide for his family were limited by his lack of education.
In 2018, Chris was referred to the WEA Job Club by his local job centre, and there he was introduced to computers for the first time. He took to the Communication Skills course like a duck to water and passing his first WEA qualification built his confidence and ignited a passion for learning.
Since then, Chris has completed courses to improve his literacy skills and he’s achieved qualifications in counselling from West Lothian College. Chris now works for a charity as a mentor to young people coming out of the justice system, using his newfound skills alongside his own life experiences to help others. He has begun writing short stories about his life, and Chris also volunteers at the WEA Job Club where his journey all began.
My life has changed dramatically because of WEA. I can now read and write properly and its like my eyes are finally open to what’s going on in the world around me. I have a job that I love and I feel part of my community. If I can do it, anyone can.