Beyond Recovery has won a new contract with HMP Gartree in Leicestershire via the MOJ’s Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). The team is delighted that, through the agreement, it can deliver motivational talks and workshops to prison residents.

Derrick Mason, a returned citizen and now a director of Beyond Recovery, is excited to present his story to long-term residents of Gartree prison. He will let them know that hope and potential are just one thought away.

Derrick’s note to the residents reads:

“Through my experience as a returned citizen facing many obstacles and issues with changing my life, I realise much of it was to do with my mindset and the barriers I created myself. Although those barriers still exist, by listening to my true self, I can see and access all my good qualities while understanding that my past behaviours don’t make me who I am now. I can choose to see these things, and once I truly felt them, other people started to see them in me. Even when others couldn’t see it, I didn’t let it bother me because I better understood where my wellbeing comes from. 

“It may sound funny, but I had never seen it like that before; it was just another one of my personal barriers that I now see through! For the first time in my life, at the age of 50, I knew I wasn’t broken, and I could see and feel that I didn’t need to commit crimes anymore. I just knew I had a choice.”

Groundbreaking provision

Beyond Recovery will provide groundbreaking Distance Learning materials, motivational talks and workshops to help residents tap into their wellbeing and resilience. This, in turn, will enable them to find peace of mind while serving long sentences.

The materials created by Beyond Recovery empower reflective self-efficacy. They help individuals find ways of coming to terms with their behaviours and move on productively to live pro-social lives.

Jacqueline Hollows, founder of Beyond Recovery, said:

“I’m delighted that we have been awarded this opportunity. I look forward to a collaborative relationship with HMP Gartree, supporting their residents, enabling stronger family relationships and creating safer communities.”