After leaving the RAF, Chris Walls was left homeless and soon moved into the Elizabeth Street Project, Calico’s direct access hostel in Burnley.

When his stay at the Project came to an end, he moved into a Calico property. However, he kept in touch with the staff at the Project.

Chris was keen to do some volunteer work at Elizabeth Street but, as he was an ex-resident, he had to wait six months from his date of leaving in order to take up a placement.

While he was waiting, Chris was offered some volunteer training with the Citizens Advice Bureau. He donated his time to become an advisor and, after undergoing the training, became a case worker, specialising in benefits advice.

Soon after, Chris applied again for volunteer work at Elizabeth Street. Whilst waiting for his CRB check to be completed, the staff helped him apply for full time work at the Project as a Night Project Worker.

He was successful, and is now permanently employed with Calico.