Blogs & Profiles

  1. ANythings possible 1024x576 - Prisoner Training & Placements
    A Sign…

    Hello, A couple of months ago I quietly fixed a small sign close to the entrance of our main building. A couple of words carved into a piece of slate, and then waited for a reaction….

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    Meet Bod…

    Hello, 8.36 am… “Mate, it’s Mark. I think I ate a dodgy takeaway last night, not going to make it in today.” Call me an old cynic if you like, but if I had a prawn…

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    Sunday, a day of change

    Hello, LandWorks on a Sunday, a different place, a quiet time for reflection on something previously said… “Thing is Chris, you can’t just expect broken people to fix themselves, it doesn’t work like that.” Doris, LandWorks…

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    Running at the edge of the world…

    Hello, “Mate, it feels like I’m running at the edge of the world, criticised and they just can’t understand me.” Jake (21) is in his 4th week with us and I actually do think I understand…

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    Hippy-Dippy Totnes…

    Hello, It’s 2015, a grey wet morning at LandWorks… “I don’t want anything to do with that Hippy-Dippy Totnes sh#t”. I’d only wondered if he would like to do a bit of counselling work. “Mumbo-jumbo, airy…

  6. The Big House 1024x576 - Prisoner Training & Placements
    The Big House…

    Hello, I’ve been recovering from Covid for a few days, and this is one of the conversations I had over the phone during that time… “Chris (I can tell he’s close to tears) will I ever…

  7. Resettlement Sign  1024x576 - Prisoner Training & Placements
    Recruiting Now!

    Hello, Meet Dave*, he started here 7 months ago, but this recounts the first time we met… Dave’s got that particular look (so often our guys have it) and once you’ve seen it, you don’t forget…

  8. Restored tools blog 1024x657 - Prisoner Training & Placements
    Anyone seen my hammer?

    Hello, “Anyone seen my hammer?” I think I’ve written about this before… people (mostly men [commonly me]) putting down a tool, wandering off and then believing that somebody has lifted said implement. Visitors seem fascinated/occasionally slightly…

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    The wheels on the bus…

    Hello, The wheels on the bus, go round and round, round and round, round and… Well, frustratingly not as often as they should. Recent local bus driver shortages mean buses sometimes just don’t appear. Leaving our…

  10. Reception Picture 1024x577 - Prisoner Training & Placements
    Every day is different…

    Hello, Well this is my first experience writing a blog for LandWorks! I want to share a bit about my time at LandWorks so far… I first came out as a volunteer in 2018, where I…

  11. market garden wide 1024x576 - Prisoner Training & Placements
    Whack!

    Hello, Mostly this week we have been… Well, getting a little concerned about a vole or a mole or possibly a clan of shrews, either way, somebody’s being a right nuisance under the spring onions, not…

  12. 15 minutes in the van 1024x576 - Prisoner Training & Placements
    15 minutes in the van…

    Hello, “I kept trying a fresh start, finding a new place to live, new area, and then I just got back on it, selling a bit of Charlie. Now I realise I don’t need a fresh…

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    Swimming with the jellies…

    Hello, Few years ago, somebody called me a starfish person. I was too self-conscious (assuming that accidentally I had adopted the perfume of old fish or looked a bit gangly with too many arms) to ask…

  14. hands potters kick wheel ceramics pottery 1024x683 - Prisoner Training & Placements
    Putting back…

    Hello, “That was a bit different mate… Just been to visit 3 lads in the police cells. I remember when it was me in the cell and nobody came to support me back then” Jarvis was…

  15. Growth 2 landscape wide  - Prisoner Training & Placements
    I’m feeling better…

    Hello, “Yeah, I’m starting to feel a bit better, less thoughts about committing crime.” Years ago, I would be really pleased to hear this, it meant our reoffending rates would remain low. Now I listen and understand…