Prison Chronicles: lessons from the frontline of forgiveness

The Forgiveness Project is excited to present the Prison Chronicles, a new series of live conversations exploring the stories we tell – how we shape them and ultimately how they shape us.

For over ten years we have taken our storytellers into prison with RESTORE, our award winning prison programme that supports prisoners to explore their conflicted and fragmented lives and imagine the possibility of a different future.

In conversation with our storytellers, former prisoners and prison officers this series reveals an unexpected world where the line between victim and perpetrator becomes blurred and where telling your story can save you from it.

“Witnessing these conversations is like being plugged back into the jugular of humanity on such a profound and humbling level. … I can’t think of a more soul-nourishing way to spend an hour.’ – Prison Chronicles Online Attendee

Hosted by Sandra Barefoot, Programme Manager of RESTORE, these conversations explore our shared humanity and ask us to imagine – if we had lived each other’s lives, could we have done things any differently?

For our first event of 2021 we look forward to talking with Jason Grant about identity, collective and systemic trauma and how sharing your story can sometimes do more harm than good.

Jason is a lived experience consultant who uses his knowledge, skills, and experience to create meaningful change within criminal justice and mental health systems. Currently working for a number of different organisations in Sussex, London, and Manchester. Jason is also a trustee for the Longford Trust.

In the aftermath of the 2011 London riots/uprising, Jason wanted to find a way to help young men caught up in the criminal justice system. After being introduced to Marina Cantacuzino, Jason volunteered for RESTORE and instantly found what he was looking for. Jason shared his story with RESTORE for five years and has co-facilitated programmes in HMPs High Down, Wormwood Scrubs, Guys Marsh, Hull, Holme House, Peterborough, Parc and Eastwood Park.


Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Time: 5 – 6pm GMT – to see what time this will be where you live click here
Ticket price: £6 – if you can pay more, then please do add a donation. The price of the ticket includes access to the recording of the event for two weeks after.
Location: Your living room (via zoom)…



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