Dimone says: “Learn to bloom as you put it. I’m blooming with my cooking…”

“I was homeless and I was robbing from shops to feed myself and stuff like that and I got caught. That’s how I ended up going to court and then coming here. That’s how it went down really… I was homeless for about a year. I was verified homeless in [Town]. Verified means if someone … More Dimone says: “Learn to bloom as you put it. I’m blooming with my cooking…”

Helen says: “I want to move forward and being here makes me feel positive in moving forward all the time..”

“I was brave enough to get out of an abusive relationship and then just so fortunate to have been pointed towards this project. It’s just been miraculous. The support network and everything is so positive, instead of putting you down and being badged as this or that. It’s great I’m out and the fact I … More Helen says: “I want to move forward and being here makes me feel positive in moving forward all the time..”

Benny says: “when I first came out here, it was a little bit shameful to say you’re a prisoner when you meet the public.”

“The hardest thing for me is, which I have no choice, is going to the gate every morning, standing there’s big doors, one only opens when the other one’s closed … we stand in that and it’s like an empty garage, freezing cold, waiting to get out, but we also stand there with the guys … More Benny says: “when I first came out here, it was a little bit shameful to say you’re a prisoner when you meet the public.”

Quentin says: “I’m very apprehensive about what happens when I get out, employment wise. I’m going to be restricted to what I can do…”

“I’ve been here four weeks. My views on this place and the ethos and what I’ll get out of it has certainly changed. It’s taken me four weeks to suss everyone out… I’ve been doing the pots for two weeks. I thought, the first two I did, when I did them I thought “they’re s@*#t”, … More Quentin says: “I’m very apprehensive about what happens when I get out, employment wise. I’m going to be restricted to what I can do…”

Jarvis says: “I’m so grateful that I’ve got that support because I don’t know how I would’ve managed on my own…”

Next Friday is my last … I get released from prison and I’m looking forward to that. I’ve got a good set of people to go to. I’ve got a lot of support. Obviously, I feel a bit anxious in different areas. Even though, as I’ve said before, there’s a lot of loss. By actually … More Jarvis says: “I’m so grateful that I’ve got that support because I don’t know how I would’ve managed on my own…”

Benny says: “prisoners in prison just tell it how it is…”

“What’s been happening? I’m just doing the same really. I’m just learning the gardens with Mon. I work on my own. She’s teaching me the seasons, she’s trying to teach me a whole year’s cycle so that if I wanted to have a job doing it, I’d know how to do it from start to … More Benny says: “prisoners in prison just tell it how it is…”

Peter says: “So, I think ending up in jail… it done me a favour, really…”

It wasn’t until I was doing some groups in jail and this is pretty much my only real jail sentence… I was doing a group, we used to do a group every two-weeks together, like a ‘smart’ group and it wasn’t until we were picking holes in my sort of life, that I realised the … More Peter says: “So, I think ending up in jail… it done me a favour, really…”

Joe says: “this is more about rehabilitation and getting your head sorted, than kind of digging away at a roadside…”

This is my first official day, because I’m in full time work, I’m sort of fitting it in as I can, ‘cos I’ve only got so many hours, so Chris and my probation officer said, you know just fill it in when you can… I’ve done some cooking, some weeding and some washing up, I’ve … More Joe says: “this is more about rehabilitation and getting your head sorted, than kind of digging away at a roadside…”

Benny says: “I always say to them, look if you’ve got the choice, you know you don’t go”

I’ve met some very interesting people who volunteer to come and cook, and that’s been my highlight really so far, because I like people, I like to pick people’s brains and things, and I like to listen to people’s lives, and I’ve met some interesting guys and girls that are on community service here, doing … More Benny says: “I always say to them, look if you’ve got the choice, you know you don’t go”