Back to Work : Becki and Chris’ Story

November 16, 2015
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Beki Brown, who grew up in Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth, met Chris Wheeler while studying for an engineering degree at Brunel University, London. Beki did not complete the degree for medical reasons and, two years ago, the pair moved to Cornwall. When Beki’s job as a domestic at the Royal Cornwall Hospital ended they were both unemployed and had to move in with Beki’s parents, in Troon, to help care for her mum.

“It was very cramped,” said Beki. “Then, when we had both been unemployed for longer than six months a Penryn Jobcentre Plus advisor told us about the Active Plus courses. We were both pretty sceptical but on the first visit they really put us at ease and, following that, they really started the ball rolling for us”

Following the six week course Beki, 33, is restarting her engineering degree through the Open University, has passed her driving test and is working at the Estates Department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Chris, 26, Chris began volunteering for the 2nd Chance Project, and obtained several sports qualifications. He is now a self-employed coach for 2nd Chance, an organisation that was founded with to reduce reoffending by young people through sport. The pair now have their own home in Penryn.

Beki said, “I truly feel that the Active Plus veterans kick started a process for us. I felt that Pete, Chris and Ed were brilliant in getting everyone out of their shells and I hope that they are still inspiring people who otherwise may not believe they can be anything other than another statistic.”

Picture courtesy of Simon Burt and ESF Convergence.