Peter Woolf spoke to two groups of Erlestoke prisoners about his experiences of crime, drugs, alcohol and 18 years in prison and other institutions. He then explained how, when he met two of his victims face to face through the process of Restorative Justice, he turned his life around. He is now happily married, living a drug, alcohol and crime free life. It is hoped that he will inspire Erlestoke prisoners to rethink their own lives and behaviour.
Robert Hiscox, Patron of the Friends, unveiled 'a Journey to Hope', a large mosaic created by victims of crime and prisoners from HMP Erlestoke who worked together with the mosaic artist, Maylee Christie. The mosaic hangs in a prominent position in the prison grounds for prisoners, staff and visitors to view. The project was a collaboration between the Friends, Victim Support Devizes and HMP Erlestoke. It was jointly funded by the Friends and the Wiltshire Council Devizes Area Board. For photos of the unveiling, please go to the Photogallery.
Midge Ure opened a newly created 'sensory garden' part funded by the Friends and built by prisoners. The garden provides a welcome quiet place for any-one in the prison who needs a tranquil setting to collect their thoughts during difficult times. Midge Ure made an inspirational speech about the challenges of recovering from addictions, identfying with the challenges of offenders and staff.