YMCA Norfolk helps Greg go from homeless to dream job
Greg Matthews has just been awarded an outdoors instructor apprenticeship at North-Norfolk based Kingswood and sponsorship from clothing supplier RAB. But just a few months ago he was homeless and out on the streets of Norwich, which was when YMCA Norfolk was able to help him move forward.
YMCA Norfolk housing manager Martin Rye asked him how the training was going now he is an apprentice in L2 Outdoor instruction.
Greg: “Since I have been working for Kingswood outdoor instruction my CV has doubled in size. I have had a vast amount of training from working in kitchens to safe-guarding of children. My days are filled with activities. I live in the outdoors centre and I really enjoy the varied work and team building and high rope activities.”
Martin: “You use to live in the YMCA in Norwich as you became homeless. How did the support and help from the staff help you get this role?”
Greg: “Without a doubt, if I did not have the support of YMCA Norfolk I would not be where I am now.”
Martin: “What advice would you have for any young homeless person in Norfolk?”
Greg: “I would say find your dream and push for it. I realised how much I wanted this role I now have as I worked towards it. By talking to the YMCA staff I got my head together and now am reaping the rewards.”
Martin: “How has the donation of outdoor kit from RAB Outdoors helped you in your work?”
Greg: “The equipment has helped me to be able to do outdoor expeditions at a higher level and with my training I will be able to do a lot more.”
Martin: “What is the future plan now for you Greg?”
Greg: “I see myself in five years running expeditions and hopefully taking groups abroad.”
Martin: “On behalf of YMCA Norfolk Greg, I wish you all the best in the future.”
Pictured above is Greg Matthews (on left) receiving some equipment from RAB.