Reformed drug offender brings drama and poetry to the community with Life Experience

Reformed drug offender brings drama and poetry to the community with Life Experience image

A group of ex-offenders and former drug users are using their real life experiences to help young people and prisoners avoid going down the same route of a life of crime and drug addiction. Phil Pearce, 33, from Beeston, has set up social enterprise, Life Experience, and uses poetry and drama to help schools and…

It’s great outdoors at Huddersfield school thanks to community payback workers

It’s great outdoors at Huddersfield school thanks to community payback workers image

Kirkburton Church of England First School has undergone a major transformation over the past four months with significant improvements to the outdoor play areas thanks to the work of offenders on Community Payback. Community Payback, managed by the West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), has involved teams of people on unpaid work orders at the…

Ex-offender Jason Brown – helping offenders break the cycle of crime

Ex-offender Jason Brown – helping offenders break the cycle of crime image

Bradford-born Jason Brown was convicted and imprisoned for four years for robbery after a life of petty crime in his youth. Today he has two degrees, including one in criminology, and is currently studying for a masters at Leeds Beckett University. He also works for charity User Voice in West Yorkshire which he credits with…