Successes

This section contains the stories of people with convictions who have managed to overcome the difficulties of living with a criminal record.

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There are people in the caring profession that care about people with criminal convictions: Getting a job in a care home

As a youngster growing up my life was extremely chaotic. A mixture of getting in with the wrong crowd and being mentally unwell meant that I picked up a series of convictions – shoplifting, assault, burglary and possession of heroin. However, there reached a point when I

Officer G – a prison officer in a million

I’ve been watching the news over the past couple of weeks which have shown some disturbing images of prison riots. Prison officers being interviewed in the press say that cuts in staffing mean they don’t have time to deal with individual prisoners’ requests and issues. They’re spending

Unlock – the beginning – by Bob Turney, Unlock’s co-founder

Have you ever had a chance encounter with someone that has had a far reaching impact on people’s lives for the good? I have been fortunate enough to have had a few such meetings but this one was particularly memorable. It was April 1997 and I was

Job centre advisors – make sure you understand the problems facing ex-offenders

In October 2015 I found myself sitting in front of a job centre adviser desperate for her to help me find a job so that I’d have some money to buy my kids some Christmas presents and to put that all important turkey on the table. I

What I wish I’d known 8 years ago – moving on with a spent conviction

Recently I applied for a volunteering role with Unlock. I filled in my application form, had an interview and was invited along to do a couple of ‘taster days’. The purpose of these are for Unlock to understand your skills but, more importantly, for you to decide

My world’s just got bigger – disclosing my conviction to a new partner and travelling to Canada

I’d been seeing Michael for a couple of months and enjoyed his company. We liked the same things – going for walks, nice meals, dancing. It wasn’t love at first sight but I’m 67 so not surprising really. The thing is, I’m not your average 67 year

The £6k scratch and using Unlock’s list of brokers to get car insurance

I’m 50 years of age and have been driving for almost 30 years. In 2013, I was convicted of drink driving and banned for 14 months. I paid my fine and served my ban. At the end of the ban I got insurance from GoSkippy for £600

John O’Groats to Land’s End – not as far as the journey from armed robber to vicar!

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from watching Robin Hood on television, it’s that even the most hardened lawbreakers can defy all expectations and turn their lives around. Some will go on to earn millions in the business world, others will help other individuals in need. I’ve

My prison and volunteering journey – Volunteering at Unlock

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Harnessing my anger to help myself and others – Becoming a teacher with a criminal record

Having grown up with an alcoholic and abusive father, I struggled to behave like a normal teenager. On reflection, I now appreciate how angry I was that nobody was trying to help me out of the dreadful situation I was in and my unwillingness to be ‘normal’