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Chris' story

Follow his ups and downs, as he tries to find a new life after being made redundant from the Rover factory...

My background

Hello all, I was asked to put together a bit of a profile about me, so hope you enjoy – I have tried to make it light hearted but its also is candid – here goes.

Originally I come from Sunbury on Thames, which is just outside London.

I started my working life at the National Physical Laboratory, which is located in one of London’s Royal parks and is most famed for having Newton’s Apple tree in its grounds and is where Barnes Wallis developed his bouncing bomb.

I arrived in Worcester in 1989, along with, both an ex-wife to be and a job at Rover, originally living on the ‘Warndon Villages’ - a mate of mine reckons that the ‘Villages’ must be an ancient burial ground, as so many people who start on the ‘Villages’ end up getting divorced!

I still live in Worcester, I really like the City, for me there’s a friendly feel to the place, that’s one of the reasons I help out with the organising of the Leukaemia Care Santa fun run.

I have discovered that you can do most things in Worcester and it’s really easy to travel to and from.

What really surprises me about Worcester is how little has been done with the waterfront – how many River cities or towns have a whacking great lorry park near to the City centre on the River front.

I really enjoy sports, both watching and participating, and have been a Chelsea fan forever – Chelsea winning the FA cup in 1997 was the highlight of an otherwise horrible year for me.

If I won the lottery – I would go around the world watching England play Football, Cricket, Rugby etc.

Last football season I ran the Worcester City U12s football team, which I hope to do this coming season.

I enjoy cooking, someone, described my style as Jamie Oliver – dead chuffed – as he’s the most creative chef around and cooks to enjoy!

One of my pet hates is people who are selfish and are takers.

I like honesty, integrity and caring in people – the type of people who will help someone without thinking about what they get in return.

Consequently, that’s the most important thing in life – people – one of my best friends passionately supports Port Vale, another of my best friends I may not see for months if not years, but both of these people would just about do anything for me as I would for them – and that for me is what life should be about.

Chris' changing life

A group of people who have gone through some of the biggest life changes recently are ex Rover employees.

Chris had been at the company all his working life, starting off as a tool making apprentice and ending up an international sourcing engineer.

Chris heard that Rover was definitely finished and that his life was about to be turned upside down from a friend at work.

He got the phone call about an hour before the news broke on television and was still very shell-shocked when he began recording episode 1 of an audio diary for us...

Listen to episode 1 of Chris' story (1 min 50 secs) by clicking the link on the right hand side of this page.

In episode 2 we hear how he feels at the age of 40, preparing for one of his first ever job interviews...

Listen to episode 2 of Chris' story (1 min 23 secs) by clicking the link below or on the right hand side of this page.

Despite lining up more meetings with potential employers Chris still hasn't landed anything.

In episode 3 he receives another blow, as he had to return his only means of transport...

Listen to episode 3 of Chris' story (1 min 36 secs) by clicking the link below or on the right hand side of this page.

Chris has had a number of interviews that he's organised himself, but he now feels he needs help getting work.

He went along to Worcester Job Centre and in episode 4 he tells how he found it was a less than satisfying experience...

Listen to episode 4 of Chris' story (1 min 31 secs) by clicking the link below or on the right hand side of this page.

We'll hear from Chris again soon.

In the meantime, let's hope he's successful at finding work.

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