“My name is Martin. I first got to know about Suited & Booted in July 2013.
I spent the last 20 years in prison. Suited & Booted got me a suit and shoes for my parole board, I went on my parole board and looked really smart, the panel could see the change in me over the years, and I could feel the change in me.
My life was always in the care system from the age of 12 till I was 18. I experienced some abuse that got swept under the carpet. I had become very bitter and discontented with my life. It took a toll on me when I reached the age when I became I man. That’s why I ended up in prisons.
Today my life is very different. I am 50 years of age now, I have moved out of the probation hostel and am living independently.
I do voluntary work for Maria at Suited & Booted, who have given me the start I needed in life, responsibility and hope. Today I am helping people just like me and hope they can go on to have better lives.”