Thanks for your reply, makes you feel less alone 😊... the way society treats people with convictions is criminal in itself! Luckily, the job centre aren't on my case. My work coach knows the situation and has no idea what to do to help me. I tell him I'm applying for jobs and apprenticeships, looking in to self employment, trying to find funding for courses.... he knows I'm doing what I can but the fact that he can't help and I seem to hit brick walls every time... job centre can't really say much.
I think I'm just going to steer clear of agencies from now on. I'm grateful for the specialist agency list that Debbie posted but they're no good. Chance2013 doesn't work/exist any more, working chance I've contacted before to no avail and the others are a bit out of my league (managers/flt). It's hard to know where to turn and what to do. Considered selling myself even. Thankfully I am in a relationship and my partner won't allow it, otherwise, I dread to think where I'd end up!