"They made work fun for me again."

Find out how Mat became deputy editor of Pavement magazine, Martin got back into full-time work, and how Catriona has found 'a middle way' in her path back to employment.

Photography trainee Vee with trainer Zoe.
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"I don't think you get that kind of support anywhere else."

Trainee stories

Our trainees show how determination, support and doing what you love can take you places you never thought you'd reach.
25 Aug 2016

Dave was struggling to find employment and stable housing when the St Giles Trust charity referred him to Poached Creative's Big Issue online journalism programme in 2013, specialising in photography:

“I think I just like the idea of capturing images, and I’ve always liked looking at photographs … I’ve been taking pictures for ages but not very well. So I decided that I wanted to do that properly.”

In 2016 he was invited back to Poached to do photography as part of our volunteer programme.

"So I was couchsurfing for a while, and I’ve now got myself settled, so I’m trying, I’ve got stuff all over the place, so I’m trying to get all my stuff back together and move on from there."

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21 Jun 2016

Before joining Poached, Lizzy was trying to break into the creative industries, but was struggling to find opportunities that could help her become a graphic designer.

Lizzy has always had a passion for art and design and studied creative media at college to achieve her goal of working as a designer.

After finishing college with distinction for her BTEC, she decided to build her skills further by taking an apprenticeship in graphic design, but unfortunately could not find the right opportunity to develop her talent as a designer.

“After completing college I joined a company as part of an apprenticeship scheme and after two years of applying for graphic design roles and jobs I had almost given up.”

12 May 2016

Mat discovered a passion for writing and journalism when he was an event promoter. During this time he contributed work to different underground publications and worked as a researcher on behalf of freelance journalists. It wasn’t until he became homeless and was temporarily rehoused at a St Mungo’s hostel in Brixton that he decided to follow up his passion and reinvent himself in the creative industries.

He discussed it with his key worker who referred him to a course for budding writers that Poached Creative was running for The Pavement magazine. Through the programme his writing talent shone.

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31 Mar 2016

Yousif had been homeless and in and out of prison before he decided to take an opportunity to join Poached Creative's Big Issue online journalism programme.

Through the course, and volunteering with Homeless Diamond magazine, he found a passion for writing and was determined to turn this into a career.

After completing the Big Issue online journalism programme, Yousif was offered a volunteering opportunity at Poached Creative as a trainee press officer. Volunteering at Poached has given him a focus that has helped him during a difficult period of trying to turn his life around.

He volunteers two days/week writing press releases, blogging and contributing to our social media presence.

Yousif Farah
14 Mar 2016

From young creative to our in-house graphic designer

Cardine knew she was a naturally creative person but was uncertain about what she wanted to pursue for a career. So when she was offered a marketing apprenticeship with our training partner Mediorite she jumped at the chance to learn more about working in the creative industries.

It was while working on a joint project with Poached Creative that her eye for design was noticed and she realised she wanted to become a graphic designer. Following her apprenticeship with Mediorite Cardine was offered freelance design work with Poached.

From being a design and training assistant Cardine has gone on to become our in-house designer and over the last three years has proven to be an invaluable asset to the company.