Tina's story

Tina was “bouncing off the walls with boredom” when she was released from HMP Styal. She had worked in Recycling Lives’ HMP Academy in the prison for six months of her four-year sentence, as an orderly and earning her Fork Lift Truck licence.

“Working in the Academy was the most positive thing that had happened to me in years. “After release I was frustrated but then Recycling Lives offered me the chance to work with them.”

Tina started off volunteering with the charity before being offered a role in the recycling yard at Leyland: “I love it. I like the hurly burly of a busy yard.”

Here she has trained to be a crane driver – passing her test with full marks “I’ve been given amazing personal support by Recycling Lives too.”

With support from the Release Potential team, Tina has now relocated and is looking forward to her daughter moving in with her again soon.