Max says: “That’s what you need stability, when you get out of prison… a little stability can create a big change”

“I didn’t have a criminal record until I was 40. I wasn’t a master criminal or nothing. It’s s*%t, isn’t it? [Lockdown in prison]… It was just s*%t, lying on a bed for six months. I don’t understand why they’re still doing it now. It’s still lockdown now in prison. F* knows what must be … More Max says: “That’s what you need stability, when you get out of prison… a little stability can create a big change”

Jeremy says: “The amount of people that I’ve seen that have been through and yet still come back, I think that kind of rubber-stamps how brilliant this place is…”

“I was fortunate by the grace of God that I didn’t go to prison. I could’ve very easily done had circumstances been different. I’m fully aware of that. You’re thrown into a life where you need to find support, not just for your own mental health, but what LandWorks offers you is, ok, so you … More Jeremy says: “The amount of people that I’ve seen that have been through and yet still come back, I think that kind of rubber-stamps how brilliant this place is…”

Doris says: “You can’t just expect broken people to fix themselves. It doesn’t work like that…”

I’m Doris. I came to LandWorks about eight/nine weeks ago, not through community service, but through volunteering. I got a suspended sentence. My probation officer, who I’ve worked with for ages, he knows me really well … I was talking to him about going back to work. I wanted to start getting focussed and get … More Doris says: “You can’t just expect broken people to fix themselves. It doesn’t work like that…”

Johnny Says: “This is awesome. I don’t know why I didn’t get sent here before, because I reckon none of this would’ve happened if I came here earlier…”

I’ve been at LandWorks for about six or seven weeks maybe. Maybe a little bit longer. I’ve lost track because… It’s nice. I got in trouble before, but … I didn’t have to come here. I didn’t have any conditions left. My probation officer said ‘what do you do?’ I said I just potter around … More Johnny Says: “This is awesome. I don’t know why I didn’t get sent here before, because I reckon none of this would’ve happened if I came here earlier…”

Robin says: “It took getting into trouble to really get some help”

“Since being here I’ve been working on the veg patch, harvesting veg, which is pretty cool and interesting. I’ve learnt quite a few things … harvesting different things … like kale and stuff, knowing where to cut it. I’ve never done that before. What else? I’ve done a bit of woodwork helping Graham make benches. … More Robin says: “It took getting into trouble to really get some help”

Rich says:”You don’t need to lie to get far in life. Tell the truth, you get further.”

“LandWorks gives me the enthusiasm to change. Otherwise, if I didn’t come here, I’d probably be doing the same stuff I was doing when I wasn’t here. It helps me look at things differently. Certain situations, like instead of getting stressed and getting angry, I can now think of different strategies to get out of … More Rich says:”You don’t need to lie to get far in life. Tell the truth, you get further.”

Glyn says: “It’s like you’re on a track and you come to a fork in the track. All them years ago I took the wrong fork. This time I’ve got out, I’ve took the right fork…”

“I class myself as a gentleman really, literally, always have done. Then a load of crime got involved from a very young age. So, I ended up doing 40 years in different institutions, incarcerated all over the country, leading up until now… Life in prison? I don’t have anything else to talk about. The next … More Glyn says: “It’s like you’re on a track and you come to a fork in the track. All them years ago I took the wrong fork. This time I’ve got out, I’ve took the right fork…”

Billy says: “without time in prison… you’d have never got me here in a million years”

“I’m coming towards the end of my sentence and felt that coming out to LandWorks would give me a very good introduction into future employment and future understanding of how life is going to be for me post-release. I turned it down [before] and I used to have a laugh with the boys and give … More Billy says: “without time in prison… you’d have never got me here in a million years”

Jack says: “You coppers are all the same, well, we’re not.”

  “I’m a trainee police officer on a week’s placement… I didn’t know LandWorks despite living … I’ve got family in Totnes, so, I’ve kind of heard of LandWorks, but not exactly what they do. I did some research online and knew that there would be manual work and outdoor work and woodwork, but I … More Jack says: “You coppers are all the same, well, we’re not.”