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– Serial offenders change ways thanks to Lewes Prison charity

The Argus: Ex-offender Mark with his mentor Fleur, a volunteer from Sussex Pathways, outside Lewes Prison Ex-offender Mark with his mentor Fleur, a volunteer from Sussex Pathways, outside Lewes Prison

SERIAL offenders are changing their lives with the help of a charity.

Sussex Pathways has taken on a Ministry of Justice contract to help the rehabilitation of offenders at Lewes prison.

Prisoners who opt into their program are matched with a volunteer mentor who offers advice and help on restarting their life.

Mark, from Chichester, was a repeat offender and finished a ten month sentence in December 2013 for car theft.

With the help of Sussex Pathways, he is getting his life back on track and has found a job working in security.

Mark said: “I’ve been in and out of prison since the age of 19, that’s nearly a life sentence. I’ve just turned 45 now and it’s time to grow up.

“I’ve worked with many agencies over the years but this has been a big difference and really turned things round, things are looking up for a change.”

He added: “The help is there and my advice is to grab it with both hands.”

Sussex Pathways has worked with nearly 200 prisoners in the past year with 60% having been repeat offenders.

The project has reduced re-offending in its mentees by 47%.

Mark’s mentor, Fleur, from Shoreham, was very proud when Mark started work in security at an events company.

She said: “I really enjoy it and I’ve found it particularly rewarding, our meetings have come a long way from six months ago when Mark was in a prison tracksuit.

“It’s not just good for the mentee, it’s good for personal development as well.”

The mentors help with numerous aspects of the mentee’s new life, including securing accommodation and helping them to find a job.

Offenders are matched with a volunteer while in prison and meetings begin six to eight weeks before their release.

Mark also does work with Sussex Pathways, giving their new volunteers advice on what he needed and wanted from them as a prisoner.

Half of offenders mentored by Sussex Pathways are met at the prison gates by their mentor.

Adrian Martin, director of Sussex Pathways, said: “Having a mentor from Pathways to meet them at the gate makes a big difference and puts them on the right track.”

“We’re not going to turn things round on a sixpence, but even if we’re delaying re-offending by a few months we’re making a difference.”

For more information about becoming a mentor, visit www.sussexpathways.org.uk/beco me-a-mentor/

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2:58pm Wed 11 Jun 14

tonupboy says...

Unbelievable!...a so called reformed con (thief) gets a job as a Security Guard!, good luck to him,...But Where am I going wrong? Im 59 years old with qualifications and a former skilled trade (engineering) and I just cannot get a job (any f-ing job)…his employer must be a total Moron!
Unbelievable!...a so called reformed con (thief) gets a job as a Security Guard!, good luck to him,...But Where am I going wrong? Im 59 years old with qualifications and a former skilled trade (engineering) and I just cannot get a job (any f-ing job)…his employer must be a total Moron! tonupboy
  • Score: -2

6:19pm Wed 11 Jun 14

norman45 says...

I think this is an excellent example of someone having access to the support, enabling them to turn their life around. Why shouldn't anybody be allowed a second chance? I think this is great that he has stated working and is getting his life back on track. Better that than the working people paying for his benefits. Perhaps your attitude and representation of yourself is why you are finiding it difficult to get a job. There are many great services out there that I am sure you will find as beneficial as the one in this article.
I think this is an excellent example of someone having access to the support, enabling them to turn their life around. Why shouldn't anybody be allowed a second chance? I think this is great that he has stated working and is getting his life back on track. Better that than the working people paying for his benefits. Perhaps your attitude and representation of yourself is why you are finiding it difficult to get a job. There are many great services out there that I am sure you will find as beneficial as the one in this article. norman45
  • Score: 3

1:04pm Thu 12 Jun 14

tonupboy says...

Most people don’t even get a 1st chance dick head, let alone a second chance!
I worked for 40 years paying taxes in hard dangerous jobs paying for the likes of him in prison, and sounds like you’ve been inside yourself with attitude and comments like that.
Most people don’t even get a 1st chance dick head, let alone a second chance! I worked for 40 years paying taxes in hard dangerous jobs paying for the likes of him in prison, and sounds like you’ve been inside yourself with attitude and comments like that. tonupboy
  • Score: -1

1:06pm Thu 12 Jun 14

tonupboy says...

norman45 wrote:
I think this is an excellent example of someone having access to the support, enabling them to turn their life around. Why shouldn't anybody be allowed a second chance? I think this is great that he has stated working and is getting his life back on track. Better that than the working people paying for his benefits. Perhaps your attitude and representation of yourself is why you are finiding it difficult to get a job. There are many great services out there that I am sure you will find as beneficial as the one in this article.
Most people don’t even get a 1st chance let alone a second chance Dick Head!
I worked for 40 years paying taxes in hard dangerous jobs paying for the likes of him in prison, and sounds like you’ve been inside yourself with the attitude and comments like that.
[quote][p][bold]norman45[/bold] wrote: I think this is an excellent example of someone having access to the support, enabling them to turn their life around. Why shouldn't anybody be allowed a second chance? I think this is great that he has stated working and is getting his life back on track. Better that than the working people paying for his benefits. Perhaps your attitude and representation of yourself is why you are finiding it difficult to get a job. There are many great services out there that I am sure you will find as beneficial as the one in this article.[/p][/quote]Most people don’t even get a 1st chance let alone a second chance Dick Head! I worked for 40 years paying taxes in hard dangerous jobs paying for the likes of him in prison, and sounds like you’ve been inside yourself with the attitude and comments like that. tonupboy
  • Score: 0

5:52pm Thu 12 Jun 14

norman45 says...

tonupboy wrote:
Most people don’t even get a 1st chance dick head, let alone a second chance! I worked for 40 years paying taxes in hard dangerous jobs paying for the likes of him in prison, and sounds like you’ve been inside yourself with attitude and comments like that.
How awful you have to swear and insult me to get your point across, says a lot. It appears you are taking your frustration out on everyone else and looking for anyone else to blame. You are moaning you are paying for people in prison and you are moaning he is earning his own money. Your assumptions are almost as good as your etiquette. And no, I haven't been to prison I just tend to have more respect for the human race!
[quote][p][bold]tonupboy[/bold] wrote: Most people don’t even get a 1st chance dick head, let alone a second chance! I worked for 40 years paying taxes in hard dangerous jobs paying for the likes of him in prison, and sounds like you’ve been inside yourself with attitude and comments like that.[/p][/quote]How awful you have to swear and insult me to get your point across, says a lot. It appears you are taking your frustration out on everyone else and looking for anyone else to blame. You are moaning you are paying for people in prison and you are moaning he is earning his own money. Your assumptions are almost as good as your etiquette. And no, I haven't been to prison I just tend to have more respect for the human race! norman45
  • Score: 0

10:43am Fri 13 Jun 14

tonupboy says...

norman45 wrote:
tonupboy wrote: Most people don’t even get a 1st chance dick head, let alone a second chance! I worked for 40 years paying taxes in hard dangerous jobs paying for the likes of him in prison, and sounds like you’ve been inside yourself with attitude and comments like that.
How awful you have to swear and insult me to get your point across, says a lot. It appears you are taking your frustration out on everyone else and looking for anyone else to blame. You are moaning you are paying for people in prison and you are moaning he is earning his own money. Your assumptions are almost as good as your etiquette. And no, I haven't been to prison I just tend to have more respect for the human race!
Respect! what respect?...what a warped view you have on life, You appear to have more respect for ex cons, and no respect for decent hard working older people that have fallen on hard times!
I would bet a weeks dole money you're aged under the age of 45, a typical middle class, pen pushing ponce, with no respect for your elders and probably betters!....
Your sort should spend a few months or years in the British Army (REME) like I did as a youngster,,,,,The Army will soon teach you Respect, Respect has to be earned!
[quote][p][bold]norman45[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tonupboy[/bold] wrote: Most people don’t even get a 1st chance dick head, let alone a second chance! I worked for 40 years paying taxes in hard dangerous jobs paying for the likes of him in prison, and sounds like you’ve been inside yourself with attitude and comments like that.[/p][/quote]How awful you have to swear and insult me to get your point across, says a lot. It appears you are taking your frustration out on everyone else and looking for anyone else to blame. You are moaning you are paying for people in prison and you are moaning he is earning his own money. Your assumptions are almost as good as your etiquette. And no, I haven't been to prison I just tend to have more respect for the human race![/p][/quote]Respect! what respect?...what a warped view you have on life, You appear to have more respect for ex cons, and no respect for decent hard working older people that have fallen on hard times! I would bet a weeks dole money you're aged under the age of 45, a typical middle class, pen pushing ponce, with no respect for your elders and probably betters!.... Your sort should spend a few months or years in the British Army (REME) like I did as a youngster,,,,,The Army will soon teach you Respect, Respect has to be earned! tonupboy
  • Score: 0

11:10am Fri 27 Jun 14

norman45 says...

I don't have a warped view on life at all thank you, but you are most certainly entitled to your opinion. How does that possibly mean that I have no respect for hard working older people? Honestly your interpretation is appauling. Your assumption on who you think I am is also rather amusing, I am not a "pen pushing ponce" I am infact older than you and have worked incredibly hard for over 55 years. I have a huge amount of respect for individuals who fight for our country and you have just said exactly that, respect has to be earnt. So why aren't you allowing anyone else that chance, because you can't get a job? Times are incredibly difficult for everyone and it seems the majority of people are battling to survive. You were saying you have fallen on bad times, you couldn't possibly comment on anyone else's "bad times". I think you should stop being bitter at other people and concentrate on your own lifestlye and family, that is much more important than being an internet troll.
I don't have a warped view on life at all thank you, but you are most certainly entitled to your opinion. How does that possibly mean that I have no respect for hard working older people? Honestly your interpretation is appauling. Your assumption on who you think I am is also rather amusing, I am not a "pen pushing ponce" I am infact older than you and have worked incredibly hard for over 55 years. I have a huge amount of respect for individuals who fight for our country and you have just said exactly that, respect has to be earnt. So why aren't you allowing anyone else that chance, because you can't get a job? Times are incredibly difficult for everyone and it seems the majority of people are battling to survive. You were saying you have fallen on bad times, you couldn't possibly comment on anyone else's "bad times". I think you should stop being bitter at other people and concentrate on your own lifestlye and family, that is much more important than being an internet troll. norman45
  • Score: -1

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