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Ryan R

Ryan R

Name: Ryan Rosthorn
Age: 19
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Bridgwater, Somerset
Campaign: More support for reoffenders

My best friend is in prison, and he could be let out with an electronic tag. Instead he keeps reoffending and wanting to remain in prison, purely because there is nothing for him on the outside.

 

This situation is similar for some of my other friends. They have no support on the outside, no friends, and seemingly no way to make a life on the outside. So to find routine in their life, they commit silly crimes so they can go back inside where they understand things.

 

I want to stop this cycle of crime by establishing a scheme which allows young people to build a life on the outside, and to show them the right path in life.

 

With Fixers, I helped create a spoken word film called ‘Not Because Our Bones Are Bad’. The lyrics, which were written by me, recount the feelings of many young reoffenders.

My campaign and Fixers film have impressed the police, professionals, and politicians, with my MP Ian Liddell-Grainger agreeing to discuss it in Westminster. I’ve also had the chance to speak to Prince Charles, and the three main political leaders about my work.

 

My Fix has changed my life and has really increased my confidence. I have decided to make my campaign the focus of my future work and am currently in the process of setting up my own community interest company to help stop young offenders from reoffending.

Here is the list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Aaron Dawson-Riley

Aaron Dixon

Carlton Hooper

Cory Rush

Craig Baker

John Smith

Kieran Boobyer

Laura Thistleton

Lauren Whitehead

Lee Godfrey

Liam Owens

Louise Watkins

Luke Jenkins

Megan Dawson

Natasha Francois

Wes Williams

Zoe Pike

 

Somerset Youth Offending Team

The local Council team who prevent youth crime in my area.

 

Prison Reform Trust

A UK-wide charity who campaign for effective usage of the prison system.

 

Bridgwater YMCA

The Bridgwater YMCA supports my Fixers project. Andrew Deane-Williams from the Bridgwater YMCA attended my presentation in August 2013 and called my campaign ‘brilliant’.

 

Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater
I met with my local MP in September 2013 and he's seen my film and passed it on to some other people to look at because he says he's 'very impressed.'  He wants me to keep him up to date with how the project progresses.

 

Prison Advice and Care Trust
The Prison Advice and Care Trust support my Fixers project. They helped promote the presentation evening I held to screen my film and helped me make vital contacts.


User Voice
User Voice support my Fix. They have invited me to showcase my film to the National Youth Justice Convention 2013 in Birmingham.

 

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner
Amy Hurst, Youth Champion at the PCC's office, supports my Fixers project. She attended my film screening and provided positive feedback. 

 

Faisel Ghazghazi
Faisel has played a role in supporting my Fixers project. He spoke at my screening event, sharing his experiences as a former offender and offering his views on the support available for young offenders.

 

November 2014
I’m one of 50 #iwill Ambassadors for the Step Up To Serve campaign, that is aiming to get more young people involved in social action. On Monday 24th November, an event was held in London to mark a year since the campaign’s launch. I was invited to attend the anniversary celebrations. Click here to read more about the event.

Lorna at the anniversary event with fellow Fixers Jordan Caldwell and Devan Witter

 

October 2014
I have submitted written evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children (APPGC) inquiry to explore children and young people’s relationships with the police.

The APPGC published its final report on 28 October 2014. The report sets out a range of recommendations, which my evidence fed into, to provide a clear framework for strengthening police practice in relation to children and young people.

 

April 2014

Following the success of my campaign, I met with my Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens to discuss my project.

 

Ms Mountstevens and her team have kindly invited me to take part in a forum over the summer that will look at improving the relationships between young people and the police. You can read further comment from Ms Mountstevens below.

 

'I enjoyed meeting Lorna and was impressed by the passion she has to improve outcomes for young offenders. It is always interesting to discuss alternative approaches, particularly from those who have first-hand experience of situations.

 

'As PCC I am committed to listening to the quiet voices, including young people, as all too often their views are overlooked. I wish Lorna luck with her work and would like to be kept up to date with her project as it progresses.'

 

I am also now a part of the Somerset Youth Offending Team Steering Group - we're currently looking into improving the intro pack that is given out to young people about the Youth Offending Team.

 

November 2013
I attended the launch of the 'Step Up To Serve' campaign at Buckingham Palace.

It's an initiative that aims to get more young people involved in social action and Prince Charles and the three main political party leaders – David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband -  were there.


Click here to read the story about it.

 

An article about my attendance at the launch appeared in the Bridgwater Mercury. Click here to read it.

HRH The Prince of Wales, political leaders and young people, including me, at the 'Step Up To Serve' launch event at Buckingham Palace

 

 

September 2013

I met my MP, Ian Liddell-Grainger, on 13th September. He supports my Fix:

 

The film is fantastic. I would like to congratulate Lorna and everybody for doing a brilliant job. I have given the film to some other people to look at because I feel the way it has been produced is stunning and I am very impressed.

 

I would like to know how the project progresses and to be kept informed of how Lorna is doing at all stages. I really would welcome further involvement, I am glad Lorna got in touch and well done once more to all involved.”

 

I also attended the Fixers Road Savvy Forum in London on 4th September. It brought together Fixers, politicians, road safety experts and representatives from the emergency services.

Transport Minister Stephen Hammond and former footballer and TV presenter Gary Lineker were among those there.

The day was split into two sessions.  In the morning I took part in a workshop, discussing the key road safety issues facing young people today. In the afternoon, a forum was held where politicians and road safety professionals were given the chance to put questions to a panel of Fixers.  

Conclusions from the event are going to be presented to the Department for Transport in a ‘Fixers Green Paper’ as a contribution to the Government’s forthcoming Road Safety Green Paper.

 

Following my attendance at the forum, I was featured on ITV News West Country to discuss road safety for young people. Click here to see the full broadcast.

 

Click here or on the photo below for videos, photos and for more information about the campaign.

 

Lorna (right) taking part in the morning workshop at the Fixers Road Savvy Forum

 

August 2013

The presentation of my Fixers film took place on 20th August, and it went really well. About 25 to 30 people attended the event, including city councillors, professionals, supporters and fellow Fixers.

 

 My fellow Fixers and I receiving our Fixers Certificates

at the presentation

 

The audience was extremely impressed with my Fix, with many encouraging me to share my campaign with my local MP and other influential figures in the area.

 

Councillors Brian Smedley and Kathy Pearce from Sedgemoor District Council attended the presentation, and said they would be happy to help me and suggested getting key partners more involved.

 

Amy Hurst from the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner called my Fixers film 'brilliant' and 'powerful', while others in attendance described it as inspirational, amazing and fantastic.

 

July 2013

My story was featured in the Bridgwater Mercury. You can click this link to read their story.

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