“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…

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…

Denise Tye: ‘A new and bright future has opened up to me’

Denise Tye: ‘A new and bright future has opened up to me’ image

Denise Tye from Castleford was placed on Community Payback after she failed to declare changes to her circumstances while continuing to accept state benefits. This means Denise had to complete a set number of unpaid work hours for a particular community project in her case the local YMCA charity shop. Community Payback projects vary from…