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Leo's Story

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Leo is a student on the Peer Supporter and Wellbeing Programme from Beyond Prison | Names and some identifying details have been changed to protect confidentiality.

From nine years old, I was stealing from supermarkets and by the age of 11 was smoking my Dad’s weed with my mates.

At the age of 14, I started committing more serious crimes, including burglaries and by 16 I was in prison.

I am now 40 years old and have spent 13 years in prison altogether. I realised I needed to change.

At first, I was sceptical about the Peer Mentoring & Wellbeing Programme but after a couple of sessions, I knew what it was doing for me.

The course facilitator was very welcoming, positive and tough, but fair. I am a changed man after completing the programme.

After my release I am now planning to use the skills I have gained from the programme to help young adults to avoid taking the wrong path, like I did. I would like to pass on the lessons that I have learned. I am motivated and optimistic about my future.

I have learnt a lot from the modules – many skills to help me in life and how to respect people’s thoughts, emotions, and problems.

“I have always been a caring person, but this course has made me realise that I have to care about myself so that I can help others.” Leo, person supported by Beyond Prison