I work with a charity supporting ex-offenders, so I come across a lot of people from a variety of criminal backgrounds. But they all share one common experience - they say they feel sidelined by society, even though they are no longer criminals.
It saddens me to hear that these young people, who are just trying their best to get their lives back on track, feel like society will not let them. There seems to be this idea that young ex-offenders have somehow forever ruined their lives.
But this is not the case - people can rehabilitate, and a lot of young people go on to achieve great things.
Through a short film, I am hoping to challenge some of the stereotypical beliefs others hold towards ex-offenders.
Here is a list of Fixers helping me with this Fix:
Aaron Juggan Mohammed Hussain Stanley Ghansah Emile Lodi James Ampah-Gordon Joshua Juggan Shakir Belazereg Harry Tume Jude Jubey
I work for this charity, which uses the experiences of ex-offenders to prevent young people from reoffending. They support our Fixers project.
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.
My film has received some really positive comments from people who have watched it. You can read some of these comments below:
'Brilliant and definitely hard-hitting in such a short space of time. They certainly got their point across.'
'Enlightening, thought-provoking, enjoyable and worthwhile.'
'Diverse cast from different backgrounds. Clear message.'