June 17, 2020

Today I was a contributor for an international event, held by the Cyprus Prisoners Organisation.  Here was my question and my response:

How can journalism assist in changing the mindset of society towards prisoners? 

Journalism and the media has a huge part to...

March 25, 2020

Dear Prison Staff,

I wanted to write to tell you how much you are valued and how much I have learnt from you over the past 15 years.  I have met some incredible officers and staff who have shown patient, strength and commitment, in some of the toughest times.  I have me...

December 9, 2018

Yesterday we experienced a turning point at the prison.  I say experienced because all those apart of it felt it and it was energising and heart-warming.

The event was simple.  We got all our mentors, reps and growth team members in a room and appreciated them.  With a...

October 12, 2018

Steve Robertson (Dep Governor of HMP Guys Marsh) and myself were fortunate enough to present the Growth Project at the Criminal Justice Management Conference last month.  This was the first time we have discussed the Growth Project to a public audience and naturally th...

September 1, 2018

Today the growth team had their first visitor since we recruited 8 new members. there was a sense of apprehension as we all met in our hut and shuffled papers around, making small talk. The visitor was a lady with 20 years experience of prisons and someone who may show...

July 6, 2018

I dread that notice in a prison reception. For those that work in prison you will know that notice and that realisation that someone who you may have been speaking to the day before is no longer alive. It makes me feel sick to my very core and desperate to find out if...

June 18, 2018

So I am sitting on a plane on my way to Skopje, to start a new mission with the council of Europe. As I sit here I felt, for the first time, a little unnerved about the whole situation around me. Maybe it is all this mindfulness stuff I am doing at the moment to try an...

June 15, 2018

Today was one of the house-blocks well-being day. Last year we created a day for each house-block to promote the principles of growth (see these in my projects section on my website). It involved cooking and play, investment and relationship building activities and ult...

June 12, 2018

Today one of my team was released. He had worked with me on the Growth Project for over a year. When I first met this chap he was a quiet and polite young man. He lacked some confidence and yet had an air about him that could get things done. As time went on I valued h...

June 6, 2018

This week the Growth Team recruited a new group of residents in the prison. They had to complete an application, then carry out a group task whereupon they were a team of governors preparing a “growth prison” for the inspectors, and finally they were interviewed to ass...

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