Greg says: “We all make mistakes, and we all learn from them eventually. Some learn a bit quicker than others, but we all learn from them.”

“My YOT worker brought me out here the first time. I thought it would be a bit more boring to be fair. I thought it would be a lot more boring than what it is. That’s the positive side of it. It’s a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be, which … More Greg says: “We all make mistakes, and we all learn from them eventually. Some learn a bit quicker than others, but we all learn from them.”

Joshua says: “It’s all being part of an acceptance … me feeling accepted and me accepting other people. It’s a two-way thing”

“This journey at the moment it’s not just about my recovery and with abstinence, but it’s also about my recovery into society to kind of find some faith and confidence in society and a confidence in myself, and that I’m able to do it to become a part of it. Yes, I’ve done a few … More Joshua says: “It’s all being part of an acceptance … me feeling accepted and me accepting other people. It’s a two-way thing”

Mark says: “It’s just kept me out of trouble. It keeps me on the straight and narrow really.”

“I just work now. That’s it really. Come here. Do my snizzel. Play around in the workshop. Build a load of random things for random reasons. Yeah, I’m quite happy then. I don’t know why I decided I wanted to build a pool cue box, but yeah, I built a pool cue box. I made … More Mark says: “It’s just kept me out of trouble. It keeps me on the straight and narrow really.”

Dave says: “It’s very social. It’s not anti-social. I like that. I’ve had too much anti-social in my life…”

“I’ve never been to a place like this before. I kind of ask [myself] will I fit in, settle in. I like everyone here, everyone’s as good as gold here. Everyone respects each other. As soon as you walk through that gate, you’re like a whole new person. It’s like just coming to work with … More Dave says: “It’s very social. It’s not anti-social. I like that. I’ve had too much anti-social in my life…”

Eric says: “I used to thrive off the narrow escapes of my own recklessness”

In prison I kept myself to myself. I just stood back and done my time. I saw it as a golden opportunity. I wanted to go to prison. I got stuck in a rut. I lost my job due to alcohol and drugs. Slowly, accommodation started to grind to a halt […] Where do you … More Eric says: “I used to thrive off the narrow escapes of my own recklessness”

Tony says: “this’ll be a part of me for life now, even when I’ve left, because without it, I don’t know where I’d be…”

Since from October until now, I’m doing even better. I’ve got some structure in my life. Coming out here five days a week, doing gym, which is nice and healthy, a good lifestyle. I’m enjoying that. I’m doing my football still and seeing my daughter every week. So yeah, it’s pretty good really. Yeah, life’s … More Tony says: “this’ll be a part of me for life now, even when I’ve left, because without it, I don’t know where I’d be…”

Joshua says: ‘Sometimes you need a little help to kind of see the light as it were or even be reminded of what kind of life you could have, you know, reminded of what kind of person you could be or was.’

I had a drink problem. It’s developed from a very minor drink problem into a severe drink problem in the last 10 years. My whole life, from being a father and a partner to my ex-partner, and a house and everything else, to sort of not having anything at all. I ended up drinking a … More Joshua says: ‘Sometimes you need a little help to kind of see the light as it were or even be reminded of what kind of life you could have, you know, reminded of what kind of person you could be or was.’

Tarquin says: “it can be pretty scary getting out and then just ‘bang’ into normality.”

Originally posted on A window into LandWorks:
“I’ve been coming out to LandWorks for a couple of months. I’ve now been released from prison on a Home Detention Curfew (HDC/Tag), but I’m still coming out here to volunteer. I’ve found it really useful to re-humanise myself and gain some skills that I can use when…