Two years ago, Craig Barrowan was headed towards prison. "I was getting into trouble with the police every week", he explains. "I was involved in gangs and was headed in the wrong direction."

Things could have got a lot worse, but his probation officer put him forward for the Moving On scheme, run by Action for Children. The project provides support for imprisoned or recently released young men, or those at risk of going to prison, with the goal of getting their lives back on track and reducing the likelihood of re-offending.

Craig was given the emotional support he needed to make positive life changes, and was helped to deal with mental health issues he'd been battling.

He was also supported in getting funding to do a college course in Sports and Fitness, and took part in the project's Yes Chef event last year.

 

Taking part in Moving On made me a better person. I went to college and did a lot of things because of it. It kept me out of trouble and kept me off the streets, and I have a better life because of it.

On Yes Chef, Craig and the other young men on the programme were taught how to cook meals on a budget and received training in restaurants. This culminated in them being chefs at a prestigious black tie dinner event in May 2016, which raised money for Moving On.

"I had no experience of cooking at all, I used to live on microwave meals. But I was interested in learning how to cook and I learned a lot," Craig says. "It was brilliant. I got to meet a lot of people from different areas. The event itself was great fun and we were well prepped so it wasn’t too stressful.”

As a result of Yes Chef, Craig was successful in getting a job as a Commis Chef in SoHo, an Italian restaurant and pizzeria in Glasgow.

After gaining this invaluable experience, he got a job as an Activities Assistant at Moving on and now helps young men who are in a similar position to where he was two years ago.

"I'm working with the same kind of boys. It's an eye-opener. It's the best thing seeing the boys who've been locked up then moving on up in the world."

If it wasn't for Moving On I'd be in jail. They make sure you do well and put you on the right track. It's really been worth my while doing it, it's so worth it.

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