“Hi, I’m Ben Franklin. Centre Manager at The AoC Trust in Dudley.”Ben Frankllin

“My journey with The AoC started around seven years ago now, where I started volunteering as an administrative assistant after completing a level 3 distinction in business studies at college.

“I volunteered for around 6 months before becoming a part-time member of staff. My hours and role grew as the business got busier year upon year, and I have now been promoted to Centre Manager as this amazing journey continues.

“The role is challenging at times but is always rewarding as we know we are helping those in need better themselves and their futures, which is a nice feeling to know you are helping people every day.

“In my spare time, I love spending time being social with my partner and daughter as well as friends and family. I’m a big sports fan, especially football supporting Aston Villa and playing football myself on weekends for a Sunday League team in the Wolverhampton league. Other hobbies include gaming on my Playstation 5 console and eating good food!”