Chris Parsons’ Blog

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    Running for a Yurt

    Hello, A few things are coming together, rather well! Let me explain. We have had an ambition (for a while now) to continue and develop our support for improving well-being at LandWorks. Recently Becca (our regular…

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    We won it

    Hello, “We’ve only gone and won it”. This amazing news came through on Wednesday evening. Live from the red carpet at the Odeon cinema, Leicester square, London. The LandWorks film ‘One Day’ has won in its…

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    Six of the best

    Hello, Unusually, I’m sat down on a sofa in our main building. I’m part of a small audience and we are about to witness three presentations.  There is palpable sense of excitement and nervousness. This is…

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    They Laughed At Us

    Hello, Back then when we started. In fact, before we had even got going. Our partners to be, HM Prison Service, the Probation Service and the Ministry of Justice, thought our ambition to remain in contact…

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    Spiral

    Hello, Interesting times. The prison population is being reduced, or at least they are attempting to reduce numbers by using an end of custody licence. This scheme was previously used in 2007 and 2010 to allow some…

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    The week that was

    Hello, Not bad for a Monday morning, mild weather, good turnout, and a sense of motivation about the place. I’m just feeling a teeny bit stressed about getting the Annual Report finished and submitted to the Charity…

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    Can you hear the voice of the voiceless?

    Hello, “Chris, I reckon if I’d been loved as child, I might have been okay.” I agreed but felt a bit, I don’t know really, I guess a bit shaken. So many of the people who…

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    Change in 2024!

    Hello, A lot of people have been asking how Josh is getting on. His partner has just had a baby and Josh, a carpenter by trade, is desperate to be with, and support his young family….

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    One Day…

    Hello, A busy lunch today. As so often, the meal starts off quietly, a few grumpy folks, but the food’s good, chat breaks out, then laughter and more chat. Wonderful. I’m looking around (as I do),…

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    Questions and Answers…

    Hello, I thought you may like to hear a range of questions that have been put to me over the last month and read my replies… Chris, is it true you are about to retire? No, it…

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    Twas the couple of months before Christmas!

    Hello, As news feeds from around the world deliver ever more depressing bulletins, there is one bright note singing out…. Its source – The LandWorks Wood Workshop. The crooner – Graham. The reason – He loves (loves)…

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    Can’t start a fire without a spark… (part 2)

    Hello, The messages just keep getting clearer. Like somebody is sending a sign. All around us feels fractured. Dave tipped petrol on himself. A desperate cry for help. I know… I’ve read the emergency service transcripts….

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    Can’t start a fire without a spark…

    Hello, Sasha’s phone is ringing. She signals for me to listen in. “Hello, it’s the Mental Health team here. I can see it has taken a bit of time for us to get to you… Oh…

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    Random Cake…

    Hello, “Man, I love cake”, is often the shout at around 10.30am, just before tea break. Cake, for high days, celebrations, anniversaries, you name it, a cake is here. Cream, fruit, sponge, chocolate, iced, parsnip, carrot…

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    Circles…

    Hello, “Chris, do you think stuff just goes around, is life just a circle of continuous events?” That’s an interesting lunchtime question (I like these, gets everyone chatting) and this from a man who often poses…