Earlier this week we launched the findings of a recent evaluation on the Public Social Partnership at Low Moss prison. Turning Point Scotland is the lead partner in delivering this service and Martin Cawley spoke at a small gathering about the “positive and encouraging findings” from the evaluation. 

David Robb, a young man from Renfrew also attended the event. He served a few sentences at Barlinnie and latterly at Low Moss. He returned as a guest speaker this week. Here’s what he had to say:

“My life has changed significantly.  If I wasn’t working I would be taking drugs and drinking all day, every day. I’ve got something to get up for. I’m up and out the door at 630am every morning.”

David worked with the PSP workers while serving his sentence and he said it made such a difference have someone to talk to, someone who is always there.  The reassurance helped him as he prepared to leave prison and he was fortunate to get a job the week he left prison.

James, a PSP staff member worked with David 6 months prior to his release from prison. James and the staff team were bursting with pride as David stood up and openly spoke about how his life has turned round  as he stood next to Governor David Aberthney and Martin Cawley, Chief Executive of Turning Point Scotland.

Speaking about the remarkable change in David, James said:

“The success of David is all down to David. He wanted to change and he bought into things and new ways of looking at things.  David didn’t have this confidence a year ago. David has a done a great job and I am extremely proud of him and what he has achieved.”