Richard overcomes problems to become a peer mentor

Richard overcomes problems to become a peer mentor image

Richard was released from prison in December 2017 after 23 years struggling with multiple addictions and turning to crime to fund his habit. His lowest point came when his children were put into foster care by social services. It was then when a “switch turned on” inside him and set him on his journey to…

“When I was first sent to prison I felt very low and wondered how I would cope”

“When I was first sent to prison I felt very low and wondered how I would cope” image

Reformed offender Nevada Smith is hoping to branch out into a new career following completion of his arborist course. The 36-year-old, who was sentenced to 132 months and is currently on licence, has been awarded a grant from the Hardman Trust to fund his training as he completes his rehabilitation. The Hardman Trust aims increase…

“If I am honest Community Payback was the best thing to happen to me at that time”

“If I am honest Community Payback was the best thing to happen to me at that time” image

Mandy Warren, 28, found herself unemployed following a conviction for assault in her home town of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Mandy, who now has a full-time job in IT support in Lincoln, was handed down a 24-week sentence suspended for 12 months and 150 hours unpaid work through Community Payback. Across Humberside, Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire people…

Andrew Harrison: “I really enjoy it. I am engaging with people at the end of their order helping them sort themselves out in terms of finance, debt or finding accommodation”

Andrew Harrison: “I really enjoy it. I am engaging with people at the end of their order helping them sort themselves out in terms of finance, debt or finding accommodation” image

Andrew Harrison, 35, was convicted of online fraud in 2012 and was sentenced to 12 months supervision and 150 hours of unpaid work in his home town of Scunthorpe. Unpaid work through Community Payback is managed by the Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (HLNY CRC), and has involved teams of people on…

Through The Gate… saving lives

Through The Gate… saving lives image

People working in probation really do make a difference to service users’ lives. West Yorkshire CRC’s Through The Gate provision delivered by Matt Elvins from HMPS and Chelcey Huxley from St Giles Trust recently received the following letter from Richard Walpole, who experienced TTG first-hand. He shares his story here: Basically, Matt I have written…

Jacob Davy back on track with art exhibition with support from HLNY CRC

Jacob Davy back on track with art exhibition with support from HLNY CRC image

Jacob Davy from Harrogate, who has a history of mental illness issues, was convicted of assault when he attacked his father after one of his episodes. Jacob, who suffers from schizophrenia and other health issues, was given a 12-month community order for assault and was subject to a two-year restraining order preventing him from contact…