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Yesterday I heard a phrase that made me sad “I would rather go back to prison’’

I wonder how many people have felt like this?

In prison you know what is expected of you, three meals a day, a warm place to sleep, you don’t have to worry about paying bills, keeping a roof over your head or being judged. It was heart breaking listening to this man and his life regrets, hearing the desperation in his voice, telling me how trying to...

February 7, 2017

Each year the Diversity Festival provides a focus through which the University actively promotes, challenges and develops an understanding of equality, diversity and multiculturalism.The theme of the 2017 Festival, which will take place from 27th February to 10th March 2017, is "Connect and Thrive"

Residents based at Askham Grange prison, recently had the experience of hearing from two ladies who themselves had to face the hard task of returning to ‘normal life’ following time served in prison.

Natasha and Kemi Ryan had both been through the criminal justice system, having served time in three prisons.  Once released, they thought that their ‘normal’ life would resume, but this was far from how their experience unfolded....

January 25, 2017

Reformed would like to say a huge thank you to Big Lottery for supporting our upcoming ADHD and Autism awareness project which came about as a direct request from the communities in which we work. Over the next 12 months starting from March 2017 we will be engaging and spreading awareness surrounding the topic & enabling us to reach out to 240 young people, families and carers across Merseyside. To find out more or to book a p...

January 25, 2017

Reformed had the opportunity to deliver a motivational talk to some of the women at Askham Grange last night, which happened to be the first prison establishment we have stepped foot into under our Reformed banner, (a big achievement to say the least). As a result of a positive and successful session we have now been asked to deliver in another Prison establishment which we are really looking forward to. It was quite ironic re...

October 24, 2016

Its hard to imagine what my life would be like if a system was put in place to allow people to change after mistakes made resulting in conviction. Instead I have had to deal with the reality and stigma of carrying such a label in a system set up to fail. I never thought it would be easy, but I didn't expect to feel the discrimination of such a label so regularly and in so many different forms. At times it was soul destroying,...

October 20, 2016

Reformed Graduated from the SSE North West Scale up programme this month. What a year it has been!!! Gaining new skills and developing both personally and professionally.  I would like to say a huge thank you to my fellow entrepreneurs for all your help and support and to the wonderful tutors at Blackburne House (Sylvia, Lisa, Amanda, Angela and Hilary ) for always being their.

For anyone wanting to find out more...