Inside story: the charity helping men in prison become better fathers
Having strong relationships with family and friends plays a crucial role in the rehabilitation of people after their release from prison. Safe Ground, a charity that helps men in prison develop or rebuild personal relationships with their partners, parents or children, helps foster this.
Jon, pictured above with his ex-partner Charlotte, is a graduate of Fathers Inside, a program run by Safe land, which uses drama and other creative activities to help participants better understand their role as parents.
According to research, program participants are 40% less likely to reoffend than average.
Jon is the father of three: two sons and a daughter. “Be honest with [daughter] Pearl has paid dividends, not only to our relationship, but also to hers with my mother and her brothers, ”he said.
The image above, taken while Jon was on the loose, eight weeks before his release from prison, is part of a photo project on fatherhood and masculinity, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Safe Ground.
I put my life under a microscope and realized how much I have to change to have a positive impact.
The project He also saw Jon speaking honestly about his relationships with his mother as a child, and the vision of masculinity he had growing up. Opening up about this is one of the hardest things he’s ever done, he said.
Jon is determined not to be defined by his sentence. “I put my actions, thoughts and life under a microscope and realized how much I have to change to have a positive impact on my life and those who are in it,” he said, adding that the program “has put me in touch with emotions that I had not felt in years ”.
Of his wife, from whom he is now separated, he says: “Charlotte saved my life 25 years ago. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be here today. “
Image: Gaia Visual