Life After Prison

Life After Prison

By Prison Radio Association

A podcast for anyone who has spent time in prison or is close to someone who has. Featuring incredible stories from people who've been inside, plus advice and support for those recently released. Follow us on instagram and twitter @afterprisonpod

Episodes

I Found My Voice In Prison Tassie Ghilani

Our brand new series of Life After Prison starts next week, but in the meantime, Zak has been going back through some of his favourite episodes from the vaults.  In this episode from series 1, Tassie joins Zak and Jules to talk about her journey through the Criminal Justice System, from entering as a YO and becoming homeless at a young age, Tassie reflects on the life that she fell into and how she got out of it. Since coming out, Tassie has set up her own business helping to support care leavers in custody and gained a university degree. She now works for HMPPS as Reducing Re-offending National Lived Experience Lead.  Useful organisations: The Rees Foundation – https://www.reesfoundation.org/ Care Leaver Covenant – https://mycovenant.org.uk/ Catch 22 – https://www.catch-22.org.uk/ Prison Reform Trust – https://prisonreformtrust.org.uk/ User Voice – https://www.uservoice.org/ Revolving Doors – https://revolving-doors.org.uk/ Epic – https://epicconsultants.co.uk/ Going Forward into Employment Scheme – https://gfie.blog.gov.uk/2022/07/04/a... Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, please let us know. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio  ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF
22/02/24·41m 43s

From Prisoner to CEO Anthony Olanipekun

Life After Prison will be back in a few weeks with a brand new series, but in the meantime Zak has been digging in the crates to bring you some of his favourite episodes from Season 1. In this episode Zak and Jules are joined by CEO, radio producer, presenter and DJ Anthony Olanipekun who left prison and founded music platform Soul Surge. Tony opens up about his life before, during and after prison, touching on how he is dealing with past trauma through therapy and describing the journey of starting his life again after release. Useful organisations: NACRO – https://www.nacro.org.uk/ Women In Prison – https://womeninprison.org.uk/ Advance – https://www.advancecharity.org.uk/ Clinks Directory – https://www.clinks.org/directory Irene Taylor Trust – https://irenetaylortrust.com/ Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio  ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF  Tony’s socials: @tonysupremeuk Soul Surge – https://soulsurge.co/ School Ground Sounds – https://www.schoolgroundsounds.org/
15/02/24·45m 7s

Did You Ever Think That You'd Go To Prison? Zak and Jules

Before we return with the brand new series of Life After Prison, Zak has been digging in the vaults for some of his favourite epsiodes from series 1. This was one of our very first epiosdes, where Zak and Jules share their stories and explain how they ended up where they are today as the hosts of the Life After Prison podcast. They reflect on receiving their sentences, other people’s perceptions of them and how prison affected their family relationships.  Useful organisations: NACRO – https://www.nacro.org.uk/ Unlock – https://unlock.org.uk/ Clinks Directory – https://www.clinks.org/directory Contact us: If there’s something you would like to hear us talk about on Life After Prison please drop us a message to let us know. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF
08/02/24·37m 16s

Getting Out: How will the Recent Changes to the Rules about Disclosure Affect Me?

Jules chats to Debbie Sadler from Unlock about the recent changes to the rules around disclosing your conviction. There are new rehabilitation periods for some offences which means that it will take less time for some convictions to become spent. Debbie explains what these changes will mean to you depending on your conviction.    Useful organisations: Unlock’s Disclosure Calculator - https://unlock.org.uk/disclosure-calculator/ Unlock – https://unlock.org.uk/ NACRO - https://www.nacro.org.uk/ ACRO - https://www.acro.police.uk/s/ Working Chance – https://workingchance.org/ A Fairer Chance – https://www.afairerchance.co.uk/ Clean Sheet – https://www.cleansheet.org.uk/ Refreshing A Career – https://www.refreshingacareer.com/ Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/  
01/02/24·9m 52s

New Beginnings after Jail | Zak and Jules

Zak and Jules discuss what new beginnings mean to them. We also hear about Jules recent trip to visit East Sutton Park, the last prison she was in before she was released and where she sat down with her mentor in the gym there. The full version of this episode can be found wherever you get your podcasts: https://pod.link/1646949340 This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: UNLOCK - https://unlock.org.uk/ NACRO – https://www.nacro.org.uk/ FITNESS RUSH - https://www.fitnessrush.co.uk/ Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/  
25/01/24·25m 2s

Getting Out: Are People Going To Judge Me At Work?

In this series of Getting Out, Jules is joined by Debbie Sadler who is Head of Advice at Unlock – an organisation that provides information and advice to people with convictions. We asked for your questions about employment and in this episode, Debbie talks about how to navigate stigma at work. Useful links: Unlock NACRO Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
18/01/24·11m 2s

Being On An IPP Sentence (Recorded Live at Greenwich University) | Andrew Morris and Sara Ramsden

Both Andrew Morris and Sara Ramsden have personal experience of dealing with IPP sentences. Andrew from serving 12 years inside on the sentence, and Sara with a partner serving it. Both currently campaign for changes to the sentence with UNGRIPP. Here, Zak and Jules talk to them about their experience of this sentence, using clips from their recent conversation with Lord David Blunkett. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: UNGRIPP IPP Committee In Action Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
11/01/24·54m 26s

Getting Out: Can I Progress In My Career With A Conviction?

In this series of Getting Out, Jules is joined by Debbie Sadler who is Head of Advice at Unlock – an organisation that provides information and advice to people with convictions. We asked for your questions about employment and in this episode, Debbie answers Faye’s question about making progress in your career with a conviction. Useful links: Unlock Clinks Directory National Careers Service Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
03/01/24·10m 0s

What's Christmas Like In Jail? | Zak and Jules

Zak and Jules discuss what they like about the festive period and how they spend their time over the holidays now they are out of jail. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Causeway NACRO Crisis Centrepoint Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
28/12/23·20m 13s

Getting Out: What Support Is Available Once I’m In Employment?

In this series of Getting Out, Jules is joined by Debbie Sadler who is Head of Advice at Unlock – an organisation that provides information and advice to people with convictions. We asked for your questions about employment and in this episode, Debbie gives advice on setting boundaries and getting support once you’ve got employment. Useful links: Unlock Clinks Directory National Careers Service Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
21/12/23·8m 52s

The Love I Found Inside Helped Me Accept Myself | Danny Baker

Danny Baker talks about his journey into boxing as a trans man, how boxing helped him get away from his old lifestyle and with his mental health, the importance that Holloway Prison played in that journey, and finding light at the end of the tunnel. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Akt St Giles Daddyless Daughters Bent Bars Project Gendered Intelligence – 0330 355 9678 Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline – 0300 330 0630 Galop – 0800 999 5428 Spectra – 0800 587 8302 MindOut – 01273 234 839 Not a Phase Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
14/12/23·40m 24s

Getting Out: How Can I Find A Different Career After Prison?

In this series of Getting Out, Jules is joined by Debbie Sadler who is Head of Advice at Unlock – an organisation that provides information and advice to people with convictions. We asked for your questions about employment and in this episode, Debbie gives advice on what to do when you can't get back into the same type of work you did before prison. Useful links: National Careers Service Skills Health Check The Hardman Directory Turn2Us Unlock Clinks Directory Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
07/12/23·7m 33s

Would You Be Prepared To Go Back To Prison? | Zak and Jules

Zak and Jules discuss how long they were planning their release, their experience of D Cat and answer the question of whether they'd be prepared to go back to prison. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Business2Business – https://www.business2businesslimited.com/ Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
30/11/23·21m 45s

Getting Out: Will My Conviction Affect Where I Can Work?

In this series of Getting Out, Jules is joined by Debbie Sadler who is Head of Advice at Unlock – an organisation that provides information and advice to people with convictions. We asked for your questions about employment and in this episode, Debbie explains how to find out about restrictions and what your options are. Useful links: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about  Unlock Clinks Directory National Careers Service Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
23/11/23·9m 42s

I Help Young People Get Into The Music Industry | Corey Johnson

Corey Johnson has been credited on Drake’s One Dance, recently won A.I.M Entrepreneur of the Year, and includes music producer, record label president, entrepreneur, board member and philanthropist among his job titles. After spending time in and out of prison as a young person, Corey shares what his journey was like from there to here, and what he’s learnt along the way. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: The Forward Trust Enterprise Exchange Entrepreneurs Unlocked Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
16/11/23·36m 2s

Getting Out: Getting To The Interview Stage

In a new series of Getting Out, Jules is joined by Debbie Sadler who is Head of Advice at Unlock – an organisation that provides information and advice to people with convictions. We asked for your questions about employment and in this episode, we talk about what to do about gaps on your CV. Useful organisations: BITC’s Ban The Box Unlock Clinks Directory National Careers Service Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
09/11/23·11m 34s

Is Prison Like What You See On TV? | Zak and Jules

Zak and Jules discuss things they experienced for the first time inside, Zak updates Jules on the word from the wing in Brixton, and they answer listeners' questions about prison. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Sussex Prisoners Families Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/  
02/11/23·23m 46s

Getting Out: How Do I Find Out Which Jobs I Can Have With My Conviction?

In a new series of Getting Out, Jules is joined by Debbie Sadler who is Head of Advice at Unlock – an organisation that provides information and advice to people with convictions. We asked for your questions about employment and in this episode, Debbie talks about initiatives that help people find work, where to look for jobs, organisations that could support you and practising your disclosure. Useful organisations: BITC’s Ban The Box Unlock Working Chance Offploy A Fairer Chance Clean Sheet Refreshing A Career Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
26/10/23·11m 9s

What’s It Like To Be In A Maximum Security Australian Prison? | Katie

Katie now works as a Senior Producer at an arts and homelessness organisation, but her journey into this position was anything but typical. After losing her job during the 2008 recession, Katie found herself in a downward spiral which eventually led her to a maximum security Australian prison. The skills Katie picked up and the things she learnt while inside eventually led her to where she is now. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Crisis Groundswell Prisoners Abroad Koestler Arts Clean Break Theatre Museum of Homelessness Arts and Homelessness International Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
19/10/23·52m 13s

Introducing: Money Mondays

We've a new series of Life After Prison coming for you this Thursday, but while you are waiting for that we wanted to introduce you to a new podcast from National Prison Radio called Money Mondays.  Money Mondays is presented by Life After Prison's very own Zak, alongside Emma from Quids In and if you've been through the Criminal Justice System and need help to fix up your finances then 'Money Mondays' is here to support YOU Join Zak (Life After Prison Podcast) and Emma (Quids In) as they explain financial products/services in a simple way while answering listener questions from inside and beyond the prison walls.   If you would like to suggest a question or a topic for a future episode, you can e-mail us - moneymondays@prison.radio or hit us up on the socials - @afterprisonpod
16/10/23·1m 16s

Introducing: The Secret Life of Prisons – Letters To Myself

LAP Introduces, The Secret Life of Prisons, Letters To Myself Life After Prison will be back with you soon but while we are finalising series 4 in the studio, we thought we would share some episodes of another podcast here. It’s called The Secret Life of Prisons and is made by our colleagues at the Prison Radio Association. This episode is all about the power of words. They hear from a special panel, hosted by poet Mr Gee, where guests Jerelle, Dee and Jeanno share their experiences of prison through their writing. This episode was originally made for the Bare Lit Festival, an independent, annual festival of stories, celebrating the work of creatives of colour. You can find out more about Bare Lit and listen to sessions from this year's festival here. Presenters: Phil Maguire and Paula Harriott Guests: Mr Gee, Jerelle, Dee and Jeanno Producers: Louisa Adams and Arthur Hagues   Useful Organisations Prison Reform Trust – https://prisonreformtrust.org.uk/  NACRO – https://www.nacro.org.uk/ Unlock – https://unlock.org.uk/ PACT – https://www.prisonadvice.org.uk/ Clinks Directory – https://www.clinks.org/directory If you need mental health support: CALM – https://www.thecalmzone.net/ CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans – https://www.samaritans.org/ Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) MIND – https://www.mind.org.uk MIND Infoline number – 0300 123 3393 (provides an information and signposting service. Open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday except for bank holidays.) SHOUT – text for free any time on 85258 – https://giveusashout.org/ Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
12/10/23·44m 53s

Introducing: The Secret Life of Prisons – Future Prisons

Life After Prison will be back with you soon but while we are finalising series 4 in the studio, we thought we would share some episodes of another podcast here. It’s called The Secret Life of Prisons and is made by our colleagues at the Prison Radio Association. This episode is all about youth custody.  How should we look after young people inside? Phil and Paula hear from Courtney, who went to prison when she was a teenager. She reveals the emotional trauma of being locked up and reflects on the role prison played in rebuilding her life. Earlier this year Courtney featured in the first episode of our sister podcast, Future Prison, where she shared her experiences with Dr Hegla Swindenbank, Executive Director for Youth Custody Services at the Ministry of Justice, and Dr Giles McCathie, Lead Psychologist for Youth Custody Services. You can listen to all seven episodes of Future Prison here, including a brand new episode following up those conversations six months on. Useful Organisations Prison Reform Trust NACRO Unlock PACT Clinks Directory If you need mental health support: CALM CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) MIND MIND Infoline number – 0300 123 3393 (provides an information and signposting service. Open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday except for bank holidays.) SHOUT – text for free any time on 85258 Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
05/10/23·31m 45s

Introducing: The Secret Life of Prisons – Two Peas in a Pad

Life After Prison will be back with you soon but while we are finalising series 4 in the studio, we thought we would share some episodes of another podcast here. It’s called The Secret Life of Prisons and is made by our colleagues at the Prison Radio Association. This episode is all about the friends that you make in prison.  Can you make lasting friendships in prison? In this episode of The Secret Life of Prisons, Phil and Paula talk about the ups and the downs of making friends inside. They're joined by guests Rob and Mike aka Boats, who made friends during their time in HMP Rochester and now co-host the podcast, Banged Up. Rob and Boats share stories of how they met and let us in on the secret to staying mates on the outside. You can listen to all fourteen episodes of Banged Up here, or wherever you get your podcasts. Useful Organisations Prison Reform Trust NACRO Unlock PACT Clinks Directory If you need mental health support: CALM CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) MIND MIND Infoline number – 0300 123 3393 (provides an information and signposting service. Open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday except for bank holidays.) SHOUT – text for free any time on 85258 Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
27/09/23·31m 10s

Introducing: The Secret Life of Prisons – The Secret Life of Lifers: Part 2

Life After Prison will be back with you soon but while we are finalising series 4 in the studio, we thought we would share some episodes of another podcast here. It’s called The Secret Life of Prisons and is made by our colleagues at the Prison Radio Association. This episode is all about Lifers and is part 2 of a mini series.  How to survive a life sentence. We're back in the studio with two people who have been to prison and are now outside living with a 'life licence', to talk about 'hooks for change' and the what happens as the reality of being a 'lifer' dawns on you. They join Phil and Paula in the studio, along with criminologists Serena Wright and Ben Crewe. Serena is a researcher and Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Law and Criminology at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Her research on prisons and penology has focused on short-term sentences and post-release ‘frustrated desistance’ among women, and the experience of long-term incarceration among life-sentenced prisoners. Ben is Deputy Director of the Prisons Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. He is interested in all aspects of prison life, including prison management, staff-prisoner relationships, public and private sector imprisonment, penal power and prisoner social life. Useful Organisations Prison Reform Trust NACRO Unlock PACT Clinks Directory If you need mental health support: CALM CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) MIND MIND Infoline number – 0300 123 3393 (provides an information and signposting service. Open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday except for bank holidays.) SHOUT – text for free any time on 85258 Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
21/09/23·54m 9s

Introducing: The Secret Life of Prisons – The Secret Life of Lifers: Part 1

Life After Prison will be back with you soon but while we are finalising series 4 in the studio, we thought we would share some episodes of another podcast here. It’s called The Secret Life of Prisons and is made by our colleagues at the Prison Radio Association. This episode is all about lifers and is part one of two. What is it like to receive a life sentence? We're joined by two people who have had this experience - both have been to prison and are now outside living with a 'life licence'. They join Phil and Paula in the studio, along with criminologists Serena Wright and Susie Hulley. Serena is a researcher and Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Law and Criminology at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Her research on prisons and penology has focused on short-term sentences and post-release ‘frustrated desistance’ among women, and the experience of long-term incarceration among life-sentenced prisoners. Susie is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. She is interested in how young people are affected by the criminal justice system, particularly their experiences of criminalisation and imprisonment. Her recent work focuses on the application of ‘joint enterprise’ by criminal justice practitioners (including lawyers and the police) and the impact of this legal doctrine on young people. Useful Organisations Prison Reform Trust NACRO Unlock PACT Clinks Directory If you need mental health support: CALM CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) MIND MIND Infoline number – 0300 123 3393 (provides an information and signposting service. Open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday except for bank holidays.) SHOUT – text for free any time on 85258 Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
14/09/23·55m 43s

From Prisoner To Being Played On Radio 1 | Hak Baker | The Sit Down (Live)

He’s just released his debut album Worlds End FM, recently played at Glastonbury, and is getting played on Radio 1 and 2. But life wasn’t always like this for Hak Baker. Here, he tells Zak and Jules the story of how he learnt to play guitar while in prison, and how he’s turned it into a successful career since coming out. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Irene Taylor Trust Finding Rhythms Hak’s website If you need mental health support: CALM – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans – 116 123 (24 hours) MIND – 0300 123 3393 (provides an information and signposting service. Open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday except for bank holidays.) SHOUT – text for free any time on 85258 Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
13/07/23·43m 43s

I Overcame My Addiction In Prison | Julie Muir | The Sit Down

As a young person, Julie Muir struggled with addiction and was often in and out of prison as a result. While she was in for the final time, she met a peer supporter who inspired her to get clean inside, and she hasn’t looked back since. Julie is now Director of Recovery at The Forward Trust, the same organisation that helped her when she was inside. Here she shares her story of what it’s like to have a young son while in prison, how she chooses recovery each day, and her aspirations for the future. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Alcoholics Anonymous Narcotics Anonymous The Forward Trust New Leaf Initiative NACRO Place2Be Frank – 0300 1236600 We Are With You Kaleidoscope Humankind Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
06/07/23·45m 34s

My £1.6m Win Led Me To Prison | Tracey Stevenson | The Sit Down

Tracey started out playing online bingo and ended up stealing over one million pounds from her employer to fund a gambling addiction. Here, she tells Zak and Jules about what led to her confession, what experiencing prison in your 50’s is like, and how becoming a peer support worker while inside led her to the work she does now with St Giles Trust. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: GamCare – 0808 802 0133 Shaw Trust St Giles Trust Gamble Aware Bet Know More Sussex Prisoners Families If you need mental health support: CALM CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) MIND MIND Infoline number – 0300 123 3393 (provides an information and signposting service. Open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday except for bank holidays.) SHOUT – text for free any time on 85258 Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
29/06/23·43m 1s

The Impact of Prison | Dean and Sally | The Sit Down

This episode features forensic psychologist Sally Tilt and Dean Cramer, who spent six years inside. Alongside Zak and Jules, they discuss the long term mental impact that being inside has on someone, and the positives and negatives that they have carried over to their life after prison. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Shout – Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, anonymous text support service. Available 24/7 from anywhere in the UK Northern Learning Trust Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/  
22/06/23·51m 58s

Dads On Both Sides of The Door | Graham and Gasconi | The Sit Down

In this episode Zak and Jules sit down with Jules’ dad, Graham, and Gasconi, who became a dad the day before he went inside. They discuss how prison affected these relationships, what they did to get through it and where they are today. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: A Fairer Chance Storybook Dads Children Heard and Seen Sussex Prisoners Families Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
15/06/23·48m 42s

CEO of the Prison Service | Amy Rees | The Sit Down

Zak and Jules sit down with the CEO of HMPPS, Amy Rees to ask her about how prison officers are trained, how prisoner complaints are dealt with inside and ask some important questions about licence conditions and recall. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Clinks Directory Prisoners Families Helpline – 0808 808 2003 Longford Trust Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
08/06/23·52m 28s

I Surprised My Probation Officer By Having My Own Business | Shanice Lee | The Sit Down

Zak and Jules speak to award-winning lash technician Shanice Lee about the importance of being open and honest about her past, her time in prison and where she found the confidence to start her own business and the resilience that she’s needed to keep going. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Prince’s Trust Women’s Work Housing For Women Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/  
01/06/23·45m 33s

My Passion For Art Was Born In Prison | Gary Mansfield | The Sit Down

Gary Mansfield never thought someone like him could be an artist, but after taking a punt on an art class in prison, he found himself hooked. After writing to artists like Tracey Emin while in prison, Gary found the confidence to pursue art as a career when he got out. Here, he talks about why he makes the work he does and how the art community helped him along the way. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Koestler Arts Prodigal Arts Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/  
25/05/23·52m 32s

Life After Prison Presents: Touch Road – Episode 3

While The Sit Down is taking a short break, we bring you Touch Road, a brand new mini-series about life after release from prison. Three people tell their stories of life after walking through the gate. In this final episode, we find out how their stories end. If you have recently been released from prison, there are lots of organisations that can support you: Mental Health CALM CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) Post Release Support/ Disclosing your conviction <!-- [if !supportLists]-->NACRO Unlock PACT Clinks Directory Accommodation Shelter Crisis St Mungo’s Housing For Women St Giles Trust Employment Working Chance Switchback Employment 4 All Only A Pavement Away New Futures Network St Giles Trust Bounceback Clean Slate  Orgs that Support Women Advance Women In Prison Addiction and Recovery Humankind Turning Point Surviving Abuse <!--[endif]-->Survivors UK Armed Forces Support Organisation SSAFA Care Leavers Care Leaver Covenant
13/04/23·15m 38s

Life After Prison Presents: Touch Road – Episode 2

While The Sit Down is taking a short break, we bring you Touch Road, a brand new mini-series about life after release from prison. Three people tell their stories of life after walking through the gate. In episode two we hear about the ups and downs that come with the first few days of life on the outside. If you have recently been released from prison, there are lots of organisations that can support you: Mental Health CALM CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) Post Release Support/ Disclosing your conviction <!-- [if !supportLists]-->NACRO Unlock PACT Clinks Directory Accommodation Shelter Crisis St Mungo’s Housing For Women St Giles Trust Employment Working Chance Switchback Employment 4 All Only A Pavement Away New Futures Network St Giles Trust Bounceback Clean Slate  Orgs that Support Women Advance Women In Prison Addiction and Recovery Humankind Turning Point Surviving Abuse <!--[endif]-->Survivors UK Armed Forces Support Organisation SSAFA Care Leavers Care Leaver Covenant
06/04/23·15m 49s

Life After Prison Presents: Touch Road – Episode 1

While The Sit Down is taking a short break, we bring you Touch Road, a brand-new mini-series about life after release from prison. Three people tell their stories of life after walking through the gate. In episode one we hear all about how they prepare for release, and how it feels to step out of jail for the first time once their sentence is over.   If you have recently been released from prison, there are lots of organisations that can support you:  Mental Health CALM CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) Post Release Support/ Disclosing your conviction <!-- [if !supportLists]-->NACRO Unlock PACT Clinks Directory Accommodation Shelter Crisis St Mungo’s Housing For Women St Giles Trust Employment Working Chance Switchback Employment 4 All Only A Pavement Away New Futures Network St Giles Trust Bounceback Clean Slate  Orgs that Support Women Advance Women In Prison Addiction and Recovery Humankind Turning Point Surviving Abuse <!--[endif]-->Survivors UK Armed Forces Support Organisation SSAFA Care Leavers Care Leaver Covenant
30/03/23·18m 26s

The Sit Down: My Friends From Prison Understand | Nigel and Rony

The friends you make in prison can help you to survive your sentence, and achieve success when you get out. This week we Sit Down with Nigel and Rony, two of Zak’s friends that he made during his time in prison. All three credit their success in rebuilding their lives on the outside, to the people they’ve surrounded themselves with since their release. Here they talk about changing their mindset post prison and what those friendships mean to them. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Maximus St Giles Trust Social Ark Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/ Our listeners are the most important part of Life After Prison and we want to hear from you! Life After Prison is currently funded by the National Lottery and to keep the funding going, your feedback is really important. It would be a massive help if you could fill out this form and let us know what you think – https://shorturl.at/forIU  
16/03/23·51m 28s

The Sit Down: I Used To Listen To Radio In My Cell, Now I’m On It | Ali Abdi

Our listeners are the most important part of Life After Prison and we want to hear from you! Life After Prison is currently funded by the National Lottery and to keep the funding going, your feedback is really important. It would be a massive help if you could fill out this form and let us know what you think – https://shorturl.at/forIU Before going inside, Ali never thought he’d end up working in radio. But, after taking an interest in National Prison Radio, he eventually started working for the station while inside. Now, Ali works as a producer and presenter for NPR but on the outside. Here he talks about how his listeners shape his show, what he’s learned since joining the station and what he gets out of having a creative job. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Only Connect Shannon Trust Novus Seven Three One Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
09/03/23·47m 13s

The Sit Down: Helping People Is Better Than Any High | Darren Murinas

Our listeners are the most important part of Life After Prison and we want to hear from you! Life After Prison is currently funded by the National Lottery and to keep the funding going, your feedback is really important. It would be a massive help if you could fill out this form and let us know what you think – https://shorturl.at/forIU While in prison, Darren Murinas took a cooking class where he was encouraged to be a peer mentor, and upon release his passion for helping others using his lived experience grew. Eventually Darren founded Expert Citizens CIC, an organisation that puts lived experience at its core to help improve services using the expertise of those who’ve been there. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Restart Concrete Expert Citizens CIC Shelter Druglink Emmaus Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/  
02/03/23·51m 55s

The Sit Down: I Used To Write Code In My Cell | Josh Rolland

Our listeners are the most important part of Life After Prison and we want to hear from you! Life After Prison is currently funded by the National Lottery and to keep the funding going, your feedback is really important. It would be a massive help if you could fill out this form and let us know what you think – https://shorturl.at/forIU Software engineer Josh Rolland didn’t know how to code before he went inside. Now, he’s the co-founder of CodeAtt, a Not For Profit Organisation that teaches coding to prison leavers and young people at risk of crime and helps them get jobs. Here he talks to Zak and Jules about the challenges of growing up with ADHD, how he went from doing an accounting degree to spending time inside, and what he did to secure work upon leaving prison. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. In this episode Josh talks about disclosure – if you need support with this, please check out the Disclosure episode of Life After Prison: Getting Out with Debbie Sadler from Unlock who explains more about when and how to disclose a conviction. Useful organisations: CALM CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) MIND CodeAtt Code 4000 Tempus Novo Prison Reform Trust Bounce Back St Giles Trust Catch 22 gangs services which are self-referrable: Wolverhampton Resettlement - Age 18 – 30 (Wolverhampton)  London Gang Exit – Age 16 – 24 ( London) Straight Up – Age 16 – 30 (Birmingham and Solihull) Catch22 Employability Support. Click on “view all related services” to see a list of services. Employment4All Unlock Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/  
23/02/23·50m 5s

The Sit Down: Now I’m Part Of The Solution | Nequela Whittaker

Our listeners are the most important part of Life After Prison and we want to hear from you! Life After Prison is currently funded by the National Lottery and to keep the funding going, your feedback is really important. It would be a massive help if you could fill out this form and let us know what you think – https://shorturl.at/forIU Nequela Whittaker once aspired to be South London’s biggest drug dealer. Today she’s a youth worker, author and mentor who is passionate about working with young people and, as she puts it, being “part of the solution”. She shares her story about how she got involved in crime, ended up in a Scottish prison and what made her want to leave her old lifestyle behind. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Support and Action Women's Network Working Chance Catch 22 gangs services which are self-referrable: Wolverhampton Resettlement - Age 18 – 30 (Wolverhampton)  London Gang Exit – Age 16 – 24 ( London) Straight Up – Age 16 – 30 (Birmingham and Solihull) Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
16/02/23·50m 27s

The Sit Down: You Never Stop Being A Solider | Rich Jones

Our listeners are the most important part of Life After Prison and we want to hear from you! Life After Prison is currently funded by the National Lottery and to keep the funding going, your feedback is really important. It would be a massive help if you could fill out this form and let us know what you think – https://shorturl.at/forIU Author, workshop facilitator and father Rich Jones sits down with Zak and Jules to talk about the impact that his time inside had on his sons and what he’s done to work on that relationship. As an ex-soldier, Rich also shares his experience about readjusting to life after prison vs life after the army and tells us about the work he does with veterans in prison. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: CALM CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) CAMS MIND SSAFA Project Nova Care After Combat Veterans Gateway Family Action PACT Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
09/02/23·50m 34s

The Sit Down: We Believe That People Can Change | Chief Probation Officer Sonia Flynn

Our listeners are the most important part of Life After Prison and we want to hear from you! Life After Prison is currently funded by the National Lottery and to keep the funding going, your feedback is really important. It would be a massive help if you could fill out this form and let us know what you think – https://shorturl.at/forIU Usually on The Sit Down, we speak to someone who has been inside themselves or is close to someone who has. This episode is a little bit different, as we sit down with the outgoing Chief Probation Officer Sonia Flynn. The CPO is responsible for 18,000 probation workers across England and Wales – a role that Sonia has held since 2017. Here she reflects on her time on the role, answers questions about recall and MAPPA and tells us what she thinks needs to change. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: NACRO Unlock Clinks Directory Advance Women In Prison Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
02/02/23·55m 36s

The Sit Down: Picking Up The Pen Inside Is What Saved Me | Lady Unchained

Our listeners are the most important part of Life After Prison and we want to hear from you! Life After Prison is currently funded by the National Lottery and to keep the funding going, your feedback is really important. It would be a massive help if you could fill out this form and let us know what you think – shorturl.at/forIU We’re back with series 2 of The Sit Down! And what better way to kick off than with poet, author, radio host and workshop facilitator, Lady Unchained. Here she talks to us about how her poetry kept her out of trouble while inside, breaking down the stereotype of being an “ex-offender” and what advice she’d give to people just getting out. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Arts Admin Sound Delivery Media National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance Advance Arkbound Foundation Women In Prison Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
26/01/23·51m 48s

We’ll Be Back Next Week With Series 2 of The Sit Down!

The Sit Down is back with Series 2 next week on Thursday 26th January. Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
20/01/23·1m 58s

Getting Out: Rebuilding Your Confidence

Building your confidence up again when you've spent time inside can be tough: Whether it’s navigating social situations, knowing what to say in a job interview, or feeling like people are judging you for your conviction. In this episode Zak and Jules break it down with some help from other people who've been behind the door. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Organisations mentioned:  CALM CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 24 hours a day all year round on 116 123 MIND MIND Infoline number – 0300 123 3393 (provides an information and signposting service. Open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday except for bank holidays.) SHOUT – text for free any time on 85258 NHS Mental Health Services Spark Inside Switchback   Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in today’s episode that has helped you, or if you just want to get in touch, please do. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
09/01/23·22m 33s

Getting Out: Education On The Out with Shannon Trust

Continuing or starting education after leaving prison can be a challenge. Here, Scott from the Shannon Trust explains the importance of education, what the challenges might be, and what options are out there. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Organisations mentioned:  Shannon Trust Read Easy National Careers Service National Careers Service Hotline – 0800 100 900 WEA Open University NACRO Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in today’s episode has encouraged you to pick up education again, or if you just want to get in touch, please do. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
05/12/22·24m 5s

The Sit Down: From A Life Sentence To A Groundbreaking US Podcast | Ear Hustle

Today’s Sit Down features Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor, hosts of the massive US podcast Ear Hustle. Ear Hustle started inside San Quentin Prison while Earlonne was still serving his sentence and it documents life inside the prison, something no other podcast has done before. Since coming out, Earlonne continues to make the show with Nigel, as well as campaigning for prison reform. Here, we hear the story of how exactly Ear Hustle came to be, why Nigel is so interested in prison work, and the similarities and differences between UK and US prisons. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: NACRO Unlock PACT Clinks Directory Irene Taylor Trust Koestler Arts Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) Survivors UK CALM CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Women In Prison Advance Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/ Ear Hustle: Website – https://www.earhustlesq.com/ Socials – @earhustlesq
01/12/22·43m 14s

Getting Out: Managing My Health with NHS Reconnect

Kate Morrissey from NHS England joins us to explain how to register with a GP, talk about the NHS Reconnect service and how to access it and provides information about where else you can go for support for different healthcare needs. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Organisations mentioned:  How to register with a GP surgery If you have problems registering with a GP surgery you can: Call the NHS England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 22 33 or contact your local Healthwatch Groundswell GP Registration Toolkit Groundswell 'My right to healthcare' cards The NHS website Get help for your symptoms - NHS 111 website or call 111 from your phone (calls are free). Call 111 to speak to someone if you need to: discuss complex medical problems discuss worries about a long-term condition get end-of-life care, or report a death report child protection or vulnerable adult concerns Other ways to contact 111 if you have a hearing problem or need help in other languages Support from your local pharmacy Frank (Drug Helpline) Help & Advice Mental Health Charity MIND Citizens Advice Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in today’s episode that has helped you, or if you just want to get in touch, please do. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
28/11/22·23m 15s

The Sit Down: Using Music To Rebuild My Life After Prison | Luke McCarthy

Luke McCarthy and his guitar Bailey join Zak and Jules to talk about how his upbringing and the expectations of others shaped his life and time inside. Luke opens up about how music became his comfort in prison and how it connected him to the charity, The Irene Taylor Trust. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Irene Taylor Trust Aspire NACRO Citizen's Advice Prince's Trust Clinks Directory Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
24/11/22·38m 13s

Getting Out: Managing Money On The Outside with Clean Slate

Clean Slate is an organisation that helps people with their finances. Emma, their head of programmes, joins Zak and Jules, to explain how to open a bank account, how Universal Credit works and signpost to lots of useful organisations and resources that can help you manage your money. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Organisations mentioned:  Clean Slate Clean Slate/Quids In Benefits Checker HSBC No Fixed Address Partners Turn2Us Entitled To Step Change National Debtline Christians Against Poverty Citizens Advice Citizens Advice – Help To Claim Phoneline: England: 0800 144 8 444 Scotland: 0800 023 2581 Wales: 08000 241 220 www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators   Contact us: If you’ve heard something today that’s encouraged you to get some support with your finances please let us know. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
21/11/22·29m 4s

The Sit Down: Using My Care And Prison Experience To Empower Women | Aliyah Ali

After entering the criminal justice system as a young person in care, Aliyah found herself in a cycle of crime. After seeing other young women caught up in the system, she decided to set up Daddyless Daughters, a non-profit that supports girls and young women across London who may have complex needs. Here, she talks to Zak and Jules about her story, and about what she believes still needs to change. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: CALM CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) Women In Prison Advance Refuge Daddyless Daughters Aliyah's email address: aliyah@daddylessdaughters.co.uk Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
17/11/22·44m 36s

Getting Out: How Can I Get Support With My Mental Health? with CALM

In this episode, Jules and Zak are joined by Wendy Robinson from CALM to talk about taking care of your mental health after you leave prison. We talk about how challenging it is when you first come out, and how reality can be different to what you expected. Wendy talks about how normal it is to struggle with your mental health after prison and the different ways you can get help.  If you’re struggling with your mental health and you need support today, you can contact The Samaritans on 116 123 any time of the day or night. Please know that you are not alone, you matter and there are people out there who can help you. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Organisations mentioned:  CALM CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) MIND MIND Infoline number – 0300 123 3393 (provides an information and signposting service. Open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday except for bank holidays.) SHOUT – text for free any time on 85258 NHS Mental Health Services Together Turning Point Rethink If you’re a woman, these orgs can help direct you to a women's centre which is a great place to find all kinds of support: Women In Prison Advance/Minerva Contact us: If you’ve heard something today that’s encouraged you to get some support around your mental health please let us know. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
14/11/22·24m 20s

The Sit Down: How A Prison Chaplain Helped Me Get Clean In Prison | Chris Lynam

Chris Lynam is a poet, writer and public speaker who currently works at The Archer Project. Prior to this, Chris was embroiled in a life of addiction and criminality, originally in Ireland and then in the UK. Here, Chris shares the story of what led him to prison, his road to recovery, and how life has been since getting out. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: CALM CALM helpline – 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm-midnight) Samaritans Samaritans helpline – 116 123 (24 hours) Humankind Turning Point Survivors UK SSAFA Shannon Trust The Archer Project Printed By Us Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
10/11/22·38m 40s

Getting Out: How Can I Keep My Recovery On Track? with Humankind

Jon from Humankind joins Zak and Jules to discuss the challenges around continuing, or starting, your Recovery journey after prison. We discuss the importance of reaching out for help and that it's never too late to do so. Jon tells Zak and Jules about the importance of carrying naloxone and also explains how volunteering can help you with staying on track with your recovery. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Organisations mentioned:  Humankind Breaking free/Change Grow Live Kaleidoscope Turning Point Nelson Trust We Are With You Apps: Lower My Drinking Drink Coach NHS Drink Less Contact us: We’d love to know how your recovery journey is going since you’ve been released or if you’ve been involved in volunteering since leaving prison. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
07/11/22·27m 58s

The Sit Down: From Prisoner To CEO | Anthony Olanipekun

In this episode we are joined by CEO, radio producer, presenter and DJ Anthony Olanipekun who left prison and founded music platform Soul Surge. Tony opens up about his life before, during and after prison, touching on how he is dealing with past trauma through therapy and describing the journey of starting his life again after release. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: NACRO Women In Prison Advance Clinks Directory Irene Taylor Trust Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, or you’d just like to get in touch, please contact us. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/ Tony’s socials: @tonysupremeuk Soul Surge – https://soulsurge.co/ School Ground Sounds – https://www.schoolgroundsounds.org/
03/11/22·44m 32s

Getting Out: How Can I Find Work After Prison? with Working Chance

In this episode, Jules and Zak are joined by Lizzy Jewell from Working Chance to talk about finding a job after being in prison. They discuss employers’ changing attitudes towards people with convictions and the importance of having a backup plan while you look for your dream job. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Organisations mentioned:  Working Chance Switchback Employment 4 All Only A Pavement Away New Futures Network St Giles Trust Bounceback Clean Slate Solutions NACRO Contact us: If you’ve got an experience to share about looking for work after your release please let us know, or if you have contacted an organisation that we’ve mentioned here or if you just fancy getting in touch, send us a message! 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
31/10/22·21m 15s

The Sit Down: I Found My Voice In Prison | Tassie Ghilani

Tassie joins Zak and Jules to talk about her journey through the Criminal Justice System, from entering as a YO and becoming homeless at a young age, Tassie reflects on the life that she fell into and how she got out of it. Since coming out, Tassie has set up her own business helping to support care leavers in custody and gained a university degree. She now works for HMPPS as Reducing Re-offending National Lived Experience Lead. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: The Rees Foundation  Care Leaver Covenant Catch 22 Prison Reform Trust User Voice Revolving Doors Epic Going Forward into Employment Scheme Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, please let us know. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
27/10/22·41m 12s

Getting Out: What Are My Housing Options After Prison? with Shelter

In this episode, Jules and Zak are joined by Heidi Trott from Shelter to discuss the housing options available if you've recently left prison. We hear from Marcel, who found it difficult to get social housing when he first came out. Heidi tells Zak and Jules where people can go to find support and does some myth-busting around what it means to have ‘priority need’ status or a local connection. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Shelter Crisis St Mungo’s Housing For Women NACRO Framework Langley House Trust Recycling Lives St Giles Trust Change Grow Live Contact us: If you’ve heard something today that’s made you think differently about disclosing your conviction, let us know. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
24/10/22·21m 19s

The Sit Down: How Does It Feel To Have A Son In Prison? | Tracy and Hilda

In this episode Zak and Jules are joined by Tracy, who has two sons serving life sentences and Hilda, who is Zak’s mum. In a fascinating and emotional episode, Tracy and Hilda talk about how it felt when their sons received their sentences, and how to stay strong when you have a loved one inside. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations:    Partners of Prisoners     JENGbA    PACT         Prisoners Family Helpline – 0808 808 2003    Sussex Prisoners Families Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to reach out to a family member, please let us know. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
20/10/22·46m 55s

Getting Out: How Do I Disclose My Conviction? with Unlock

In this episode, Jules and Zak are joined by Debbie from Unlock to discuss the issues around disclosing your conviction when applying for jobs. Debbie explains how important it is to understand when and how to disclose your conviction. She also talks about the difference between spent and unspent convictions, and the benefits of putting together a disclosure statement. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: Unlock Unlock’s Disclosure Calculator To get the details of your criminal record – ACRO A Fairer Chance NACRO NACRO Helpline Number – 0300 123 1999 Switchback Working Chance Contact us: If you’ve heard something today that’s made you think differently about disclosing your conviction, let us know. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
13/10/22·20m 39s

The Sit Down: Did You Ever Think That You’d Go To Prison? | Zak and Jules

Zak and Jules share their stories and explain how they ended up where they are today as the hosts of the Life After Prison podcast. They reflect on receiving their sentences, other people’s perceptions of them and how prison affected their family relationships. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: NACRO Unlock Clinks Directory Contact us: If there’s something you would like to hear us talk about on Life After Prison please drop us a message to let us know. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/
13/10/22·36m 29s

The Sit Down: How Can We Keep Young People Out Of Prison? | Bobby Kasanga

Our first episode of The Sit Down features Bobby Kasanga who served nearly 8 years in prison. He talks to us about how he got recruited as a Peckham boy and how this led him to his time inside. Since coming out, Bobby has created Hackney Wick’s first ever semi-professional football club and here he tells us how he uses this, and his media company Big Ego, to support young people. This podcast is also available as a video – just search Life After Prison on YouTube. Useful organisations: St Mungo’s NACRO Unlock Clinks Directory Contact us: If anything you’ve heard in this podcast has inspired you to make a positive change in your life, please let us know. 💬 DM us: @afterprisonpod on Instagram and Twitter 📧 Email us: podcasts@prison.radio ✉️ Write to us: Life After Prison, National Prison Radio, HMP Brixton, London SW2 5XF 🖥️ Website: https://lifeafterprisonpod.com/ Bobby Kasanga’s socials:  @bobbykasanga20 @bigegomedia @hackneywickfc
13/10/22·45m 16s

S1 Life After Prison Trailer

Life After Prison is a brand new podcast channel for anyone who has spent time in prison, or who has been affected by the criminal justice system. Presented by Zak and Jules it features inspiring stories from people who've been inside, plus guidance and support for you if you've recently been released.  Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @afterprisonpod
26/09/22·1m 58s
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