Support female prisoners in a process of change

by The Forgiveness Project
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Support female prisoners in a process of change
Sep 27, 2022

Back into prison!

It’s taken two and half years but in July we were finally able to get back into HMP Eastwood Park and deliver a RESTORE Programme. The programme was delivered within a specific unit supporting women with mental health issues. We had been told they would be joined by women from the main wings of the prison but unfortunately due to rising cases of covid, this permission was withdrawn at the last minute and not all the women who had been recruited to the programme were able to attend.

Although therefore numbers were lower than we would normally have worked with, the intimate nature of the programme proved hugely supportive and powerful for the women.

‘My story is a mess, a nightmare and now a weight has been lifted for the first time and I feel a bit more free from the hurt. This course has given me that safety in a safe way’.
‘This is the most enjoyable course I’ve ever done. It needs to be longer’
‘This course gives you insights, its uplifting on your own journey and the things you struggle with and it gives you strength and courage. Its way better than I expected. I never looked these things before. It’s a journey of self-discovery with meaning’.
‘It’s not threatening this course. I have so looked forward to coming. I felt so at ease, I feel free. I could be myself. The course is friendly, it teaches you, opens your mind’.
‘I realise I don’t have to forgive. I can try. You can forgive and still be angry. I need to take care of my hatred and anger.’

 

While we are delighted that we have finally managed to deliver this work, with covid continuing to be a serious issue in prisons we know that it might be some time yet before we return. We will of course keep you updated.

And if you’re interested in diving deeper into this work, do check out our Founder, Marina Cantacuzino's latest book Forgiveness: An Exploration. The book explores what forgiveness is and what it most definitely isn’t, how it can be an important element in breaking the cycle of suffering, and ultimately how it might help transform fractured relationships and mend broken hearts.

‘This is an utterly memorable book – beautifully written, fascinating in its insights, and extraordinarily moving. We all need to forgive, and this book, through its recounting of the stories of people who have something really significant to forgive, will be an inspiration to help us reach a state of forgiveness. This is a book that will stay with the reader for a very long time’ 

– Alexander McCall Smith

Thank you again for your support and as always, if you have any questions on our work please don’t hesitate to contact us.

With warmest wishes and deepest gratitude,
Rachel and all the Team at The Forgiveness Project

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