July 10, 2018

For many people, prisoners and non-prisoners, art is a medium that is used to express ones self. Art can provide an open window into someones mind and dreams and enable them to escape from their reality, if only temporarily. As Thomas Merton said, 'Art enables us to fi...

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...

June 1, 2018

I have been working as a prison reformer for nearly 18 months now and as my toes slowly touch the ground I thought it was about time I started writing again.  I have learnt so much in the past 18 months and yet I still find myself crippled by how difficult change can b...

March 21, 2017

This project, with all the conversations, photos and experiences, opened my eyes to a new way in which we can move forward with prisons in England.  It seems that we work so hard in shaming and punishing people and if the punishment doesn’t work, the consistent respons...

March 20, 2017

I arrived today with a case full of the photos, which I planned to hand back to those that took the photos for the project.  The case got lighter each time I delivered the photos and I became increasingly aware that the project was coming to an end. 

As I walked ar...

March 13, 2017

This week is my last week at the prison.  I was coming to the end of the project and at this stage over 2000 photos had been taken of which 200 photos were chosen by staff and inmates.  48 people had taken part in the project, with 40 of them being the inmates and the...

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