4:28's founder Scott Jenkinson
Following what feels like a lifetime of addiction, homelessness and the odd spell in prison, I finally managed to break free in 2008. Upon leaving rehab I found myself stranded in a limbo land, feeling not accepted by 'normal' society and not wanting to return to my old life, I was not in a good place.
My old identity of addict and alcoholic was dead, I was searching for my new identity and a place in society. Along came education and I embarked on a journey that was to see me graduate as a teacher in 2015.
Through education, I was able to find freedom, not just from addiction but also freedom from the labels that I had carried for all those years.
Education was to play a major part in restoring my identity, my confidence and my self belief. And it is with this in my heart that I started 4:28 training.
The vision? To see '4:28 training' provide quality, potentially life changing training to those walking a similar path. '4:28 training' will walk with those exploring their new lives and through a combination of intervention and training, help them discover their dreams and aspirations and equip them to rise from the ashes of their former lives.
Meet the team
Scott on winning the 'Tutor of the Year Award' in 2015
A drug user and prolific offender since the age of 12 - Chasey has travelled a difficult path. Fortunately for Chasey, during an 8 year prison sentence, he found a passion for cooking and for education. Upon his release he has embarked on building a new, offence free life for himself in North Wales. He is currently using his exceptional culinary skills serving the people of Colwyn Bay at the 4:28 Training 'Sit and Stew' Community Cafe.
Check out Chasey's blog where he tells you a bit more about himself and his journey so far. Click here to read.
On a wonderful journey of personal discovery, Michael has used all manner of drugs and other 'stuff' to fill the void and change the way that he felt. Now, at 47 years young, he is finally starting to find out who he really is. Michael is a seriously good cook and heads up the kitchen with Chasey in Colwyn Bay. Read a bit of Michael's story HERE.
Sian has worked as a dietitian for over 20 years, with the last 12 in the local health board as a Public Health Dietitian. She is passionate about health and well-being, and working to overcome barriers with people to enable them to manage their own health and nutrition. She has helped out at "Sit n Stew" on numerous occasions, and formally took over the running of the projects in May 2018. With Sian joining the team, the opportunity to look at more education and support around food poverty is a key area for 428.
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