We are delighted to have Eoin McLennan-Murray as our Patron.
During his 35 year career he has served in 10 prisons and was previously President of the Prison Governors Association.
When Eoin was Governor at HMP Blantyre House, a resettlement prison in Kent; it consistently had the lowest re-conviction rates of any prison in the UK. The pioneering work there has been replicated in many other Prisons to help both resettlement and reduce re-offending.
“Prisoners waste hours watching television in their cells because there is little else to do. In my 35 years in the prison service I have met few who do not want to work or learn. The fact that they’re left locked up in their cells watching daytime TV is our failing, not theirs. When prisoners are allowed to express some individuality, self esteem and behaviour improve. What could be more individual than their own voice.”
Lady Val Corbett
Lady Val Corbett was a journalist on national newspapers, national magazines and a scriptwriter for BBC TV. She has also co-written six novels and 3 non-fiction books. She was instrumental in the formation of the Hoxton Apprentice, a training scheme to help the long-term unemployed get a permanent job. She is passionate about helping people help themselves “A hand up not a hand out”.
Her late husband Lord Robin Corbett of Castle Vale, (Chair of the Labour Peers Group) had substantial involvement with penal reform. In 2012 Lady Val established The Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation in his memory.