Over recent months, there have been many discussions around payment of services provided by ‘people with lived experience of being in prison.’ Perhaps, a more accurate title would be Prison Consultant.
I would like to make a comparison to my own ‘lived experience of being a Health and Safety Consultant.’ Ironically, my job is to keep Directors out of jail and staff out of hospital.
Over the past 30 years, I have established a reputation as being an expert in my field and my value, worth and day rate has increased accordingly. No, I’m not giving it ‘Charlie big potatoes’, I’m highlighting the fact that I am paid and companies expect to pay for my skills, knowledge and experience.
Is that not what David and so many, many others do? Use their skills, knowledge and experience to help others?
Why the f*** aren’t they being paid for it?
I couldn’t make a living if I didn’t charge for my time. I’m more than happy to engage in a ten-minute telephone conversation, exchange a few e-mails or chat via Zoom and not charge a penny. Beyond that, I will say something along the lines of “Let’s put something in the diary to discuss how I can help you in more detail.”
Why should I give up my time for you?
Would you do the same for me?’
Would you ask a plumber to replace your bathroom for free?
When you receive an annual salary, it means you don’t have to consider the cost of attending a meeting, speaking at a conference or their time spent on research and giving advice. The thought of payment doesn’t even cross your mind, until you are asked to give up your weekend or evenings for free. I’m not talking about one weekend; I’m talking about every weekend and a few evenings every week. What are you going to say?
Will you be paying for my:
Time spent travelling?
Time to stay overnight?
What if the answer was no to all the above? How many would pay these expenses out of their own pockets and not get paid for working in their own time?
The only people I know are Prison Consultants. Should they refuse to give more than ten minutes of their skills, knowledge and experience without payment? Why not? I’ve been doing it for years.
Should they refuse to go through the pain of sharing their childhood trauma? It’ll be a cold day in hell before I share my own childhood trauma with an audience of complete strangers.
But refusing isn’t an option for Prison Consultants determined to inform, influence and inspire others to improve the lives of people in prison or who have been in prison.
Is that not worth paying for?
It’s worth a coffee at least!
As luck would have it, you can buy David a coffee right here!!
He’s the busiest and the bestest Prison Consultant ever!