Chris Parsons’ Blog

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    Random toilets…

    Hello, 9am Monday morning, the guys are just starting to arrive… “Alright Chris, you seen Johnnie?” As it happens, no I haven’t and I am bit worried about J, perhaps it’s obvious to others, hence why…

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    Football’s coming home…

    Hello, The ball is in the centre The ball is in the net Poor young football star is lying in the wet Guess how many former professional footballers have attended LandWorks on a placement? The answer…

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    Moving on…

    Hello, “Cut, let’s go again… and take 6” A film was being made about the PeN project at LandWorks and ‘Moving On’. I had been given the important role of ringing the bell to call us…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    First Day…

    Hello, I’ve been rummaging around this week, sorting out old files and I found something from 2011 that I thought you may be interested in. A basic plan of what a day at LandWorks was going…

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    On the roof!

    Hello, I’m sitting up on the roof of our main building. Sam (our new site maintenance coordinator) and I have been doing a little roof repair work. I have stayed up on the roof because the…

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    Pip Pip!

    Hello, Resettlement support; what’s that all about then? Well, here’s a snapshot of a ‘normal’ day, last week… “Christ, Chris, you’ve just kicked my Dad into the wall”. Er, well, I was as confused as you…

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    Wow Indeed!

    Hello, Great to see you, thanks for coming and welcome to the LandWorks Nightclub (you’re right it doesn’t exist, just in my head, it helps). So, come on in… I’ll take your coat and you sign…

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    Johnny…

    Hello, I thought you would be interested in the below, a recent PeN project interview with one of our guys. This project within LandWorks provides a voice for these otherwise untold life stories…. Johnny: I’ve been…

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    Thorny…

    Hello, Cherry pink and apple blossom white… “Oh God, Chris, this place is just amazing, so tranquil, friendly, wonderfully inviting. It’s just so inspirational! Look at you all, just sitting out together sharing lunch in the spring sunshine….

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    Twitching and the Art of Site Maintenance…

    Hello, It is supposed to be tea break – but an excited crowd has gathered below a tree and all appear to be looking up at something… Darryl and I have just finished showing two visitors…