User Voice in the Media
- BBC – 14.05.17
Our work with young people at risk of turning to crime has been mentioned in an article about the increasing number of children getting caught carrying knives and makeshift weapons.
- VolteFace – 05.05.17
User Voice staff, Council members and volunteers took part in the High Stakes: Prison Drug Policy Symposium, working together with people from across the Criminal Justice System to suggest ways to solve the prison drugs crisis. User Voice ran the symposium in collaboration with drug policy think tank Volteface and the Substance Use and Addictive Behaviours (SUAB) research group.
- VICE – 04.05.17
Our Spice Report has been featured in a Vice article about the spread of the former legal high on Britain’s streets and in its prisons.
- The Plymouth Herald – 19.04.17
Our research showing that one in three prisoners had used spice within a single month has been featured in an article about the use of the drug in HMP Dartmoor.
- The Guardian – 28.03.17
The User Voice Councils are highlighted in a Guardian article about the fundamental role of charities in prison rehabilitation.
- The Portsmouth News – 26.03.17
Kabir Breathen, a member of the South East Engagement Team, spoke to the Portsmouth News about his work on the Hampshire & Isle of Wight CRC Community Council.
- The Yorkshire Post – 23.01.17
Jason Brown, a member of the North West Engagement Team, talks about his work with User Voice helping offenders in West Yorkshire turn their lives around.
- New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) – 11.01.17
User Voice features in a charity think tank blog about the crucial role of charities in reducing reoffending and improving outcomes for those in the criminal justice system.
- The Daily Mirror – 01.01.17 & The Sun – 02.01.17
Luke Chivers and Mark Sutton from the East of England Engagement Team talk about their recent experience of life in prison, in the light of everything that happened in prisons at the end of 2016.
Mark Johnson discusses the importance of Service User involvement amid the Prime Minister’s recent prison reform initiatives.
The Pride of Onley Awards is an initiative promoted by the User Voice HMP Onley Prison Council to recognise the achievements and good work of prisoners.
Our International Women’s Day campaign aims to involve marginalised women in the conversation by posting their stories on our website.
The BBC covers the National Audit Report on Transforming Rehabilitation, mentioning the importance of service user involvment in this process.
Jessica Mullen. Clinks. 05.2015
Hannah Graham. Co Producing Desistance. 05.2015
Mark Johnson is honoured in the New Year Honours List 2015 for his services to Vulnerable People through User Voice, receiving an Order of the British Empire, Civil Member (MBE). The ceremony will be held on the 24th of February at Buckingham Palace.
After being convicted of fraud, Janet trained as a peer mentor for other offenders with Essex Probation and User Voice. She explains how the programme, which provides tailored support depending on individual needs, has changed her life.
Service Transformation. 10.11.2014
The chief of the offenders charity tells Acevo conference that service users are too often ‘service-used’ by charities.
Third Sector, 21.11.2014
Garry Waller from User Voice talks on BBC 5 Live about the importance of probation, the need for a more refined system, and User Voice’s involvement in the probation system.
BBC 5 Live 2.11.2014
A team from the Health Science Research Group has evaluate Payment by Results (PbR) schemes in the treatment of addiction. The Manchester team worked in colloboration with User Voice and other universities to deliver a robust assessment of this important new approach to the care of problem drug users, in work that has key national policy implications.
The University of Manchester 22.10.2014
As report reveals poor safety in a third of UK adult male prisons, former offenders and User Voice volunteers Phil Rowland and Ola Adeyi, reveal impact of lack of support in bullying culture
The Guardian. 21.10.2014
Paula Harriott speaks to the Justice Select Committee about the “lack of voice and a sense of powerlessness within prison”.
Inside Time. 01.10.2014
The Probation Institute covers the London Open Space involving London CRC and User Voice’s Community Councils.
Probation Quarterly. Summer 2014
Mark Johnson gave his opinion on addiction that was featured in an article from the BBC News earlier this week.
BBC News, 03.02.2014
Paul Harriott has recently commented on a study that is featured in the Independent. The study revolved around prisoners creating a delusional persona while inside, which shatters when they come out.
In a report by Marie Crétenot, from the European Prison Observatory User Voice’s Prison Council’s are analysed as part of Europe’s Prison Systems.
European Prison Observatory. December 2013
Bob Ashford shares his personal story and discusses his Wipe the Slate Clean campaign
Western Daily Press, 25.11.2013
Young people, who have experience of the youth justice system, will…take part in two of the convention’s ‘fringe seminars’. User Voice’s ‘Young People’s Engagement Marketplace’, is a series of ‘solution focused’ discussions, involving around 10 young people, which will look at: relationships between young people and the police; youth to adult justice services, and improving engagement between young people and youth justice workers.
Youth Justice Board, Ministry of Justice, 25.11.2013
Paula Harriot, Head of Programmes at User Voice, featured in Sky News video about the news proposals unveiled by Lord McNally
Sky News, 25.10.2013
Mark Johnson gives the BBC his opinion on the proposed total smoking ban in prisons, that would include in an individual’s cell.
BBC News, 20.10.2013
Fans were shocked when fresh-faced Glee actor Cory Monteith died from a heroin and alcohol overdose. But he is far from the only drug user to depart from the stereotype.
BBC News Magazine, 18.07.2013
Young people get the chance to tell senior council staff what they think of the service they receive
Tower Hamlets Council: East End Life, page 16, 01.07.2013
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged to provide Government support to a nationwide initiative which includes reforming the criminal justice system by using former offenders as mentors
The Irish Times, 15.06.2013
Paula Harriott talks to Jon Snow on Channel 4 News, giving reflections on her personal experience of first entering prison
Channel 4 News, 11.03.2013
Phil Hall writes from HMP Birmingham outlining the positive work of the private G4S management, including cooperation with and positive effects of the User Voice- led Prison Council
Inside Time, March 2013
Labour MP Khalid Mahmood speaks with prisoner on prison council at HMP Birmingham, condemning future ‘payment by results’ probation policy
The Birmingham Mail , 28.01.2013
Members of Birmingham Prison’s newly-formed and elected prisoner council came up with the plan to raise cash for the hospital before Christmas and are now planning a permanent fundraising partnership
The Birmingham Mail , 21.01.2013
It is perverse that Bob Ashford has to withdraw his police commissioner candidacy because of a minor offence in 1966, writes Mark Johnson
The Guardian , 09.08.2012
Response of the Government and Courts to August 2011 Riots ‘Criminalised Young People’ says Mark Johnson
Children & Young People Now , 07.08.2012
Mark Johnson, founder of User Voice interviewed by The Youth Agenda
The Youth Agenda , 06.07.2012
Crispin Blunt, Justice Minister says that ex-offenders are “uniquely placed” to offer support to offenders
Children & Young People Now , 04.07.2012
A group of young people from User Voice give evidence to the Justice Committee for its youth justice inquiry.
They Work For You- Young Offenders, 03.07.2012
Offenders in Kent are to be involved in designing programmes to make it more likely they will turn away from crime….
Lancashire Evening Post, 15.05.2012
User Voice Volunteer, Ben Ashcroft, is writing a book ’51 Moves’ about growing up in care homes and young offenders institutions, after staying out of trouble for over 10 years…
Halifax Courier, 01.05.2012
Part 3 of this series looks at the nature of expertise: who has it, how to find it and how to make the most of it…
The Guardian, Professional, 13.04.2012
As privatisation forges ahead, is the pursuit of profit in prison education failing inmates who most need to learn?…
The Guardian, Professional, 01.02.2012
User involvement in public services will mean a dramatic change in the role of public services professionals …
The Guardian, Professional, 17.01.2012
The Youth Justice Convention is the leading annual event for all those working in youth offending teams, police, local authorities, secure establishments, courts, probation and other key organisations. The Video comes in two parts. [Part 1] [Part 2] The Policy Review. 02.11.2011
A group of 20 LPT service users (offenders) met with senior managers at an inspiring – and sometimes emotional – event in May, which marked the end of a consultation by the charity User Voice…
London Probation Trust Today, Summer 2011
Ex-prisoners have a lot to teach young people and will be listened to…
The Guardian, Society, 19.09.2011
As Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke pledges to reduce high rates of reoffending in the wake of the riots, experts tell Channel 4 News the criminal justice system is “not rehabilitating anyone”…
Channel 4 News, 06.09.2011
Do criminals have the right to be heard? The national charity User Voice has been founded on the belief that only by listening to ex-offenders can rehabilitation service providers develop effective policies to break the cycle of re-offending…
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Yearbook 2010/11, July 2011
There’s a huge gap in understanding between the people who make the policy and those who live the reality…
Comunidad Segura website, 14.06.2011
Mark Johnson was invited by the National Offender Management Service, which runs prisons and probation services nationwide, to talk with their chief executive, Michael Spurr about the government’s Green Paper proposals for rehabilitation and sentencing reform.…
Ministry of Justice Insight Magazine, May 2011
An agency led by ex-offenders should be created to help vulnerable young people into work, a consultation with young people on the fringes of the criminal justice system has found…
Children & Young People Now, 07.04.2011
The deliberate use of pain to restrain young people in custody should be banned immediately, a report based on research for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, has recommended…
The Independent, 21.03.2011
The Youth Justice Board has pledged to improve practice across the secure estate, reduce the use of full searches and ensure complaints are handled fairly, following a consultation with young people…
Children & Young People Now, 01.03.2011
The Youth Justice Board has joined up with the Children’s Commissioner to create an action plan for the future of safeguarding within youth justice based on the views of young people…
Children’s Services Blog, 01.03.2011
While MPs were debating the rights and wrongs of allowing prisoners to vote, inmates at Maidstone Prison were using their democratic rights at a more local level…
The Downs Mail, March 2011
A quiet revolution is occurring within the walls of Maidstone Prison, where an inmate-elected council is giving the prisoners a sense of responsibility and community…
The Big Issue, 28.02.2011
It was the prison visits to see his mother that Ibiz remembers as the worst. Now 25, he was just 17 when she was sentenced for drug offences…
The Big Issue, 13.12.2010
Despite the predictability of Britain’s unpredictable weather, last week once again saw… many people unable to get to work. Daz, a young man from Grimsby, was not among them…
Last week, 30 young ex-offenders and drug users told their stories to MPs and policy makers in a bid to shape government policy…
The Guardian, 07.12.2010
Thirty young offenders from across England braved treacherous travel conditions today to meet senior representatives from the criminal justice system in Westminster…
Children & Young People Now, 02.12.2010
Saatchi & Saatchi London and award-winning musician Speech Debelle are collaborating with the charity User Voice on a tour of inner cities…
Saatchi & Saatchi News, 25.11.2010
Mark Johnson is waging a war on interfering middlemen. He’s angry young offenders do not have a voice…
Children & Young People Now, 02.11.2010
As Ken Clarke, the new Justice Secretary, talks about a radical change in prison sentencing… empowering prisoners with inmate councils may provide a solution…
The Times, 02.07.2010
Prison has no effect in stopping thousands of criminals reoffending and politicians should look again at whether it is a suitable punishment for minor crimes…
The Independent, 09.06.2010
A remarkable charity launched last night, one which in the words of its founder “has got to be one of the most unpopular in Britain”…
The Guardian, 27.05.2010
This week sees the launch of User Voice, a charity that is placing offenders at the heart of their own rehabilitation – with some remarkable results…
The Big Issue, 24.05.2010
In the wake of one of the most interesting election campaigns for many years it hard to believe it is just weeks since polling day…
RSA Comment, 21.05.2010
Prisoners taking part in electing their own councils are getting a taste for democracy…
The Guardian, 05.05.2010
A recent meeting of the Home Affairs Select Committee had an unusual guest…
Inside Housing, 20.01.2010
You can imagine the headlines at the idea of prisoners having an input on how the establishment they currently find themselves residing is run…
Prisoners’ Education Trust
Saatchi & Saatchi London was recently involved in a new initiative launched by the charity, User Voice, to give invaluable work experience to young ex-offenders…
Design Taxi, 25.05.2009
An inspirational former heroin addict from Kidderminster has launched a work experience initiative with Saatchi & Saatchi for young ex-offenders and marginalised youths…
The Kidderminster Shuttle, 23.05.2009
After surviving years of drug and alcohol abuse, Mark Johnson is using his experiences to discourage marginalised teenagers from following in his footsteps…
Times Educational Supplement, 15.05.2009
Young people share their very different accounts of the issues they face growing up…
The Guardian, 15.04.2009
The harrowing stories of a group of Midlands youths who want support, not condemnation…
The Guardian, 15.04.2009
A meeting with policymakers at Number 10 and a guided tour around the Houses of Parliament is not what most teenagers expect on a school trip to London…
The Guardian, 15.04.2009
Pupils from a Kidderminster school visited 10 Downing Street and met senior policy makers in a bid to improve understanding of the issues affecting young people…
The Kidderminster Shuttle, 31.03.2009