Dwayne was sentenced to spend time in a young offenders institution and decided to use it positively to complete a number of courses. Alongside the barriers Dwayne faced being labelled as a young offender, he also overcame the pain and tiredness caused from having sickle cell anaemia and suffering a sudden brain haemorrhage to dedicate time to gaining qualifications.
Dwayne studied NVQ3 in Advice and Guidance, allowing him to work with fellow prisoners, offering them advice and support, and helping new inmates to settle into custody. To support this, he also trained with the Samaritans to become a listener and with the Red Cross. Dwayne is also a race relations representative helping inmates with immigration issues. Dwayne has completed Level 3 in maths, Level 2 in literacy, Level 1 in cooking, as well as an art qualification.
“Being able to study has made a big difference to my life. I didn’t achieve a lot in school so I’m catching up now,” said Dwayne. He continued, “I hope to become a youth worker when I’m released and stop others coming to prison and my qualifications will help me get there.”