NEWS & EVENTS

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NEWS

Although Beyond Recovery was only founded in 2014, we have already developed a wide range of work inside and outside of the criminal justice system and developed dozens of individuals committed to change society.

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EVENTS

Beyond Recovery is passionate about people seeing the infinite potential of themselves and taking inspired action for societal change. Why not get involved in our Wisdom Entrepreneurs or MindSpa programmes.

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VLOG

Our founder, Jacqueline Hollows, regularly shares updates and key learning in a series of video newsletters. Follow the link below to get a unique insight into Beyond Recovery’s work.

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The miracle of space

Beyond Recovery started working in a new prison this week. It was the first programme of many that we will be running over the next few months. The programme is 2.5 days long and we sit with between 8-12 men for 5 consecutive sessions over that period and talk about peace of mind, the miracle of life and how our world is created inside out. This is not a conversation a group of men in prison are used to having. Even though some of them have read many self help books and have been on many courses, it is not a standard conversation. You can tell that by the way they come into the room, the ‘prison talk’ I call it, all about how the system has f**k*d them over, how this man needs to be beaten up, how they used to enjoy this drug or that lifestyle. You could also call it ‘chatting shit’. And then we are there, encouraging space and silence and meaningful conversation.

One man, G, sits next to the water urn, which we have switched off until the next break because it is noisy. He flicks the switch to on and I say “its too noisy” the room used to be a cafe and so is large enough to take several tables and chairs. It has been freshly cleaned but not yet painted. The walls are blue with holes in various spots where things used to hang. There is a tiny red paperclip lying on the dark blue carpet. The large, flatscreen TV is still on the wall opposite the window. All furniture has been removed and replaced with 30 new chairs. Practical ones but comfortable, with soft backs and soft seats in a dark blue colour. Half the chairs are stacked in one corner and the other half have been placed in a circle around which we sit with 10 men and three of the Beyond Recovery team. The table next to the man has a 13ltr urn, and the tubs of tea, coffee, sugar and cartons of milk with a number of blue cups. On one side of the room are three windows interspersed with the thick prison wall. All windows are thin strips of glass with thick white bars and on each set the two outer windows are opened just a sliver, which is as far as they will go. But this doesn’t stop the pigeons walking in accidentally! On the opposite wall are windows out into the hallway which is a large landing area surrounding a square hole which views down to the servery and up to the glass ceilings, through which the watery sun lights up the prison with its early spring light. We are on the ‘twos’ which is the second landing, there are four landings all together. In our room there is a feeling of suspicion mingled with the sweet smell of anticipation. The room is over hot with the big industrial pipes pumping out hot air and nowhere for it to go. The man next to the urn says “I just wanted a drink”. G is in his 50’s and has spent 11 years in prison. He is on a sentence called IPP which means he doesn’t know when his release date is and he has already loudly pronounced to the room and to us that he is ‘five years over tariff’ he is loud and rambunctious, a possible handful but he respectfully does as I ask even though it is with a frown. He is wearing a grey vest top which shows his arms covered in tattoos, his hairy chest and he has a lot to say for himself.

I was delivering this programme with Paul Lock, and we had Jacquie Moses in the room as support and then Alan Milledge and Stella Popowicz outside the room as the operational team. It seemed like we wouldn’t need all those pairs of hands but we did, there were so many new things that we had to navigate, including recruiting the men ourselves and a lot of running around sorting things out, I was extremely grateful the team where there because it allowed me to focus on the men in the room. It so much more impactful to have the silence, presence and availability when sharing this work than when one has a headful of logistics and practical stuff. I’ve done both and I’m always blown away by how much difference it makes to have the space.

So we spent the first session, Monday afternoon just getting to know the guys, chatting to them, alluding to the programme and ‘preparing’ them for a couple of days of stillness. On the second day after we had all checked in and had a break we played Syd Banks ‘One Thought Away’ in the morning session. There was a stillness in the room that hadn’t yet happened and a number of the men said they had heard something from Syd’s words. G seemed to be particularly impacted but just simply said that ‘he made a lot of sense’ and that he liked it.
So we enter day three. After a lot of chit chat they settled down and we asked what they made of it so far. The men quietly shared what they had seen. G tells us that he was talking to his wife on the phone these were his reflections:
“I’ve realised that I’m spending all my time being bitter and angry about being over tariff and that I’m the one hurting myself! The crazy part about it is that it has already gone! I can’t do nothing about it so I need to move on and live for now. If my attitude was different then the people around me would be different. I could go to the parole board and instead of being bitter and getting angry with them about what has already happened I will go with hope and inspiration in my heart and I think it would go differently. My wife said that she has been telling me that for years but I told her ‘this programme is about self realisation’ and until you realise it yourself you don’t realise it at all”.

This alone can change that mans life. His world will look different his time will look different he already looks different. The stillness we found created a spark within that changes everything.
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TESTIMONIALS

What I love most about Jacqueline is her unwavering passion and enthusiasm for the work she does and the people she works with. Jacqueline is dedicated to supporting not just the vulnerable but anyone who walks into her life. She’s a very genuine, very warm lovely woman and I’ve learnt so much about myself, about business and about working with others through working with Jacqueline.

Anna Debenham

Three Principles Coach/Trainer

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I have worked with Jacqueline as a facilitator on the training we do in Prison in Onley, Rugby. I have loved working alongside Jacqueline, she has a wonderful ‘can-do’ attitude which is infectious. She encourages and develops us. Her work has had amazing effects on the prisoners and the staff and many of the staff already comment how much positive effect the work has had on the prisoners and their attitude day to day.

Susan Marmot

Three Principles Practitioner

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Beyond Recovery are revolutionising the way we understand and treat addiction and mental health. I can’t say enough good things about the incredible work they are doing, and this is just the beginning! Jacqueline is an inspiration. I am proud to be associated with Beyond Recovery and it is a delight and a privilege to work with her.

Paul Lock

Founder, Innate Thought

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