Courses like these are the only way we have to really progress and better ourselves. Being funded gives that little bit of hope. Getting that letter from someone who doesn’t know me, but who knows I’m in prison… that’s giving hope and inspiration.
Ashley, HMP Styal
In recent years, conditions in prisons have deteriorated. The population has risen while staff numbers have decreased. Violence, self- harm and drug use are widespread, and more and more prisoners are spending 23 hours a day locked in their cell. Every three days someone in prison takes their own life.
People in prison are often among the most disadvantaged in our society. Many have had damaging childhoods, have experienced mental health and addiction problems, and have suffered multiple bereavements. Most step through the prison gates with a poor and limited history of education.
*Statistics from Coates Review, 2016
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