Posts filed under "Rehabilitation"

Mexican Prison Art

Posted by editor 03/04/2014 0 Comment 11327 views

Jenny McBain finds out about an extraordinary prison in Mexico where creative endeavour keeps violence at bay.

Arts Alive

Posted by editor 27/03/2014 0 Comment 8169 views

“I was in living Parker Street supported hostel. They call it the drugs den,” 51-year-old artist Lanre Olagoke tells Danielle Aumord, as he explains how the charity ‘Arts Alive’ was set up. Olagoke began painting at the tender age of 5, and set up ‘Arts Alive’ as a prison and community based arts organisation in […]

Build On Belief

Posted by editor 14/01/2014 0 Comment 8038 views

Danielle Aumord visits Build On Belief to find staff and clients helping each other to move away from addiction.


Posted by editor 26/09/2013 0 Comment 7695 views

By Jenny McBain // Not many approaches can claim success when it comes to rehabilitating young men who have been in serious trouble with the law.  A social enterprise based in Brighton is leading the way. Lucas Pyke is a smiling, self-assured young man who has recently enjoyed some time in Ghana volunteering on a […]

Just for Kids Law

Posted by editor 07/06/2013 0 Comment 8855 views

By Figen Gunes “Courts say, ‘it is my role to punish.’ Lawyers say, ‘it is my role to get you off.’ And teachers say, ‘I only teach’  – but no one is looking at the whole picture of troubled children,” says Shauneen Lambe, co-founder of Just for Kids Law, a not-for-profit legal advice company for […]

Talking Mats

Posted by editor 04/06/2013 0 Comment 4272 views

The young man stares at the mat in front of him. There are three columns on the mat representing: things he’s coping well with; things that are going okay; and things he’s struggling with. He is given a card denoting ‘spare time’ and is asked to place it in the most appropriate column. He ponders […]

Prison Island

Posted by editor 26/04/2013 0 Comment 7133 views

By Jenny McBain Imagine an island populated by prisoners but light-years from the fortress regime of Alcatraz. It’s a place where offenders undertake meaningful work in pleasant surroundings without the iron limitations of locks and bars. This place exists and it is in Finland. Finding an alternative to the current UK prison system is a […]

For the Right Reasons

Posted by editor 03/10/2012 0 Comment 3302 views

By Jenny McBain The Reverend Richard Burkitt is quite happy if people perceive him as being crazy. To him, Christianity is all about laying yourself on the line and helping people on the margins of society. The Rev, as he is known, has co-founded For the Right Reasons,a social enterprise in Merkinch, a deprived area […]

Living Sober

Living Sober

Posted by editor 18/09/2012 0 Comment 3752 views

Prior to living at Oxford House, these six inhabitants cost the state over £1m in failed recovery programmes, criminality and illness. Tony hides his rollercoaster past beneath a boyish baseball cap and a matching grin.  He works 9-5 as an Alcohol Outreach Worker, and finds his work just as wordy and vague as his job […]

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