What is prison really like!

I read a story on Kent Online's website titled 'What life is really like behind bars - Day in the life of a prison officer at Swaleside, Elmley and Standford Hill' (https://www.kentonline.co.uk/sheerness/news/a-former-dancer-is-now-locking-up-prisoners-263602/) and it got me thinking. Initially about 'What life is really like behind bars'. As well as my own experiences, I have seen … Continue reading What is prison really like!

What’s in a name?

 'That which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet’.(From Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet.)  When we are born, we are given a first name, a surname, and some may have one or more names in the middle of those two. As we grow up, going through the education system, it is our surname which dominates and is used to identify us. It would sound a bit silly being … Continue reading What’s in a name?

‘ello, ‘ello

"What's going on 'ere then?" I'll tell ya! It was another surreal day for me on Friday, and who provided it, once again? Yup! Revolving Doors Agency. So, on Friday, I was invited up to Birmingham by Sean from Revolving Doors to take part in the West Midlands Police Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Training, looking … Continue reading ‘ello, ‘ello

Prevention is better than the cure!

Having lived experience of the criminal justice system is one thing, having organisations around like Revolving Doors who provide a platform for me to tap into my lived experience is priceless. You see, for me, the campaign work I do is not just a passion, it is also part of my recovery and rehabilitation. It … Continue reading Prevention is better than the cure!

Education! education! Education!

At the Labour Party Conference, on the 1st of October 1996, Tony Blair said: “Ask me my three main priorities for Government, and I’ll tell you: education, education and education.” A statement he repeated in 2001, at the launch of Labour’s education manifesto, at the University of Southampton where he said: “Our top priority was, … Continue reading Education! education! Education!