After ending up in prison, Ricky Shearsby felt it would be impossible to reform his life. Through the “Working It Out” programme, Tomorrow’s People gave Ricky the second chance he so desperately needed. In 2012, Ricky was the recipient of our Young Person of the Year Award.
Ricky is from West London. By age 17, he was in prison for street robbery. He was released at 18 with no qualifications or experience and two years later was back in prison.
Out again at 22, Ricky faced a new challenge; the arrival of his first child. His daughter inspired him to follow legitimate endeavours but, with convictions on his record, he found it hard to get a job. He realised that society’s re-acceptance was not a given. Ricky was struggling – until he was approached by the Tomorrow’s People Working It Out team in London.
Working It Out helped with his social and team building skills, interview techniques and CV. The community projects also helped him to feel part of society again. Working It Out helped Ricky get a job in a warehouse, so he can now provide for his family. Looking to the future, Ricky aspires to be a mentor and is now on the first youth mentor placement with Working It Out. He feels strongly that he wants to keep trying to improve his situation and the situation of others like him.