I had difficulties in my home and family life and, despite my best efforts at school and trying to find work, was made homeless at 15. I ended up sleeping rough for 10 years, and had a lot of problems, including alcohol and substance abuse.

Eventually I moved into a hostel, and I decided to turn my life around. From there I was referred to the Extern Works Project, and it has changed so much for me.

"Working with Extern gave me maturity and respect, as well as qualifications in professional cookery and food hygiene. I also feel I have developed my leadership and organisational skills within the kitchen."

 Extern gave me my confidence, respect and dignity back. It also gave me adult maturity, with prospects of employability. It would be my dream to open a Michelin-starred restaurant, and I'm determined to achieve that.

John, (35), Extern Works

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