Hi thank you for your reply - I have been suffering from mental health issues with associated alcohol problems, which resulted in my convictions and losing me job and I am currently waiting for my home to be repossessed, as I can not pay our mortgage.
My convictions are not spent for the next 18 months (I think 12 month probation plus an extra 12 before spent )
I feel like giving up - you are punished for your crime by the courts which I totally agree with but when your sentence / probation ends you are further punished by it staying on your record long after you have served your sentence. Probation dont seem to have any contacts for training or employment after conviction even though its role is to help to stop people reoffending. It seems like its just a tick box exercise that you have attended.
I fear I will never work again unless I do not disclose my unspent convictions - I want to be able tell employers and show what I have done to change but they dont want to know when its revealed you have a record.
I just dont know what to do and getting help seems impossible.