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I was first introduced to Progressive Lifestyle Solutions following my release from HMP Liverpool in April 2011. Initially, I thought I was only being provided with Supported Accommodation. However, the Support Structure in place at Progressive Lifestyle Solutions goes far beyond this.

With a fully equipped onsite gymnasium provided, the staff at PLS are able to support and help an individual with a Health and Wellbeing Programme to suit my personal needs. This includes weight training, circuit training and a cardio programme, along with dietary advice and help with understanding basic nutritional needs. I have benefitted immensely from this programme physically and mentally, and my outlook on life has improved massively.

Along with the Health and Wellbeing Programme, PLS has also supported me in my Job Search, by starting an Employment Plan. This includes compiling a CV, Registering with online agencies, and advice on interview techniques. My time with PLS has been incredibly productive, and I believe they have helped me in my goal to achieve Independent Living and Employment a lot sooner than I had expected.

Thomas McCoy

Service User at Progressive Lifestyle Solutions NW CIC

I first heard of Progressive Lifestyle Solutions NW CIC through the Resettlement Team at HMP Kennet. One of their team came in to see me in the prison before my release. He explained to me what they offered, and what they would provide for me if I moved to one of their properties. I was highly impressed by what I was told and signed a 6 month Licence Agreement upon my release.

Since my release, I have received a massive amount of support from everybody at PLS. They have helped me with a range of things from DWP Benefit Enquiries, Probation Appointments, and with putting together a CV for my Job Search.

In addition to this, PLS offer all of their Service Users a gym facility at the back of their offices. This is invaluable to people like myself who were already in a routine of working out and keeping fit whilst I was in prison. Simply taking up a normal gym membership after my release would not be realistic as the costs can often be too high for somebody who is trying to rebuild his life. They have an onsite Fitness Instructor, who has delivered a number of programmes, from boxing sessions, to weight training and circuit training sessions. The use of PLS’ fitness facilities can be a great “pick me up” when you are feeling down or stressed.

On the whole, I would certainly recommend Progressive Lifestyle Solutions to anybody in a similar situation to myself, because of their high standard of accommodation, facilities, and support offered by their warm, friendly team.

William Speers

Service User at Progressive Lifestyle Solutions NW CIC

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