Not your typical women’s prison, Askham Grange has the lowest rate in the country of released prisoners re-offending, thanks to its comprehensive learning and development programme that empowers them to overcome their past and create a better future. Read about Anita and Rebekah’s trip to meet some of the ladies who are staying there…
Curricula & Co’s founding director Anita Frost met Charlotte Harker, the head of education and development at Askham Grange Women’s Prison at a networking event. A magnet for inspiration, Anita was amazed at the work that is being done at the facility to rehabilitate female offenders towards a successful transition back into the community. Likewise, Charlotte was intrigued by the work Anita does in employability and entrepreneurship.
In true Curricula and Co spirit, the two leaders came together to create an opportunity for the ladies Charlotte mentors and leads to meet with Anita and be encouraged and inspired to keep moving forward and pursuing their dreams despite their pasts, and any other odds.
When Anita presented the opportunity to join her on this trip, I said yes without hesitation. For me to have the opportunity to address a group of people is absolutely incredible. With my written skills being greater than my verbal skills, I would have been easily justified in turning this down, but I thought it would be a great opportunity to try something new and push my boundaries.
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