The sessions are designed to offer personal development whilst providing the opportunity to deal with difficult emotions. Leanne Mockridge has recently joined the staff team and shares with us her experience of working with the female prisoners.
“Working at Eastwood Park Prison has been an eye opening experience for me. All the women that I have met have been very welcoming to me and have each told me their individual stories as to why they are there. Some stories really shocked me and made me appreciate my own life.
“We do a variety of activities from card making to creating personal gifts for loved ones. One of the groups are currently focusing on making handmade clocks. I find that the women love making things for their rooms to help keep it as homely and as comfortable as possible.
“The sessions are a real mixture of activities but it is all designed to engage, raise self-esteem, improve social skills and reduce stress. The session’s help the women express their emotions and deal with practical issues.
“I have met women who have just arrived at the prison and some who have been there for quite some time. Those that have been there for some time have really fought their hardest to change and part of my role is to provide advice and guidance as they get ready for release. This can include things like money management and the world of the internet. It really has been a great experience and I am enjoying seeing the women make changes in their life’s.”