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Josh R

Josh R

Name: Josh Richards
Age: 25
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Southampton
Campaign: To highlight the lasting impact of a criminal record.

I don’t think young people are always aware of the consequences of having a criminal record.

 

At the time their actions may seem like a bit of a laugh and a joke, but in reality, convictions stay with you.

 

Going to prison doesn’t gain you gold stars and respect, it separates you from your loved ones and takes away your freedom.

 

It also results in a struggle when you come out, as you try to get a job and find somewhere to live.

 

For my Fixers project I want to create a film, based on my own experiences of being inside, to get across how it feels to be in jail.

 

I want to raise awareness among young people of the lasting impact a criminal record can have.

 

I hope I can encourage people who are offending to think twice about what they’re doing - before it’s too late.

Ashley Lear is helping me with my Fix.

March 2014

I launched my campaign at an event on Friday 14th March in Southampton.

 

I spoke about my project and my Fixers film was shown to an audience of invited guests.

 

Around ten people attended, including representatives from the local probation service and youth offending team.

 

Fixer Stuart Balk also came along to show his film which discourages young people from carrying knives.

 

Fixers Josh Richards and Stuart Balk launch their campaigns at an event in Southampton

 

We received the following feedback after the screening:

 

‘Stuart and Josh both spoke very well to a room of people they didn’t know, which was very brave. I hope they gain further confidence from this project.’

 

‘I really enjoyed the presentations. I think the films could help make a difference to young people. I was very impressed with Stuart and Josh for their acting and presentation skills.’

 

‘I thought the films were excellent. They could be developed into adverts for TV!’

 

‘Very good presentation. I think this will help others.’

 

‘Good presentations – hopefully the films will get the message across.’

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