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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“Every Saint has a Past, Every Sinner a Future”

Marilyn Wisbey My father played a part in the biggest robbery, in 1963. A moving train was held up and 2 and a half million pounds was taken in cash, was on its way to be burnt, 16 robbers were caught after, and Mr Big remains free.

Artist, Ex-Con…and a Real Hero

Erica Crompton A man with a criminal record who turned his back on a life of crime thanks to the power of art has seen his blooming brilliant work in the frame for the first time as part of an Olympic-themed campaign. Of reform, freelance artist Richard

More than just getting a job

Sarah Viney There is a never ending emphasis on the benefits of gaining employment especially when it comes to crime reduction. Increasing employability has become a mutual goal for those involved with sentence planning from the very beginning with questions surrounding previous employment in a ‘pre-sentence’ report,

Sarah’s Bag

Sarah’s Bag produce and sell feminine, fresh, and fashionable bags. For the past 11 years, owner Sarah Beydoun has made it her mission to work with women prisoners, providing them with opportunities that result in a steady income and a stable job after their release. Sarah realised

Debnheirs

Deborah Sibley My name is Debs and I want to tell you about my story… By the time I was a teenager I had just about given up on my life. Having constantly clashed with my family throughout my teens I was eventually fostered by my best

From Prison Slop to Organic Sausages, the story of Giggly Pig

Tracey Mackness I was born in Essex and grew up with my family who had a fruit and veg stand. At an early age we were put to work on the market. My Dad was in and out of prison for   things such as hijacking lorries when

Life’s Stretches and Turns

Carlotta Allum I was born in Milan, but lived for my formative years in Manchester. My mum is Italian and a doctor although she couldn’t practice in the UK and my dad was a university lecturer. It was quite a liberal upbringing – I’m the youngest of

A New Life

Tracey R My name is Tracey and I was convicted of fraud in November 2011. My sentence, which was a custody possibility sentence was scaled down to 60 hours community service and a one year suspended sentence. After a marriage breakdown, in 2003, and a subsequent residency

A Champion Christmas

Grant Thomas Monday January 23rd 2012. After a harrowing Christmas and new year period, which was precipitated by my latest bout of depression, sleeplessness and worthlessness, I rather despondently picked up the phone to call the First Step Trust. At this juncture my life had not fully

Curtis and Jodie’s story

Curtis and Jodie Curtis and Jodie are making living together work for them, but they feel they’re not getting the right support Jodie: We’ve been together a year and live together at a new place. So far it’s been alright; it gets annoying sometimes when you’re in

Martin’s story

Martin From tough estates to TV, Martin says he now feels valued and listened to I was born in Manchester, but moved to Bradford when I was a baby and have been here all my life. I have some good and some bad memories of Bradford. Times

Finding order after an order

Harley Harley writes about how a big decision in her teens led to a fulfilling role as an apprentice youth engagement worker through User Voice. I first realised I wanted to get into this type of job when I was on an order myself. I realised that working