The Challenge

Great efforts are being made to improve our offender management system and yet fundamental questions still remain such as:

bullet-arrow Where can we find the strength to keep going at a time of relentless change and constant pressure?

bullet-arrow How can we inspire and motivate each other to give of our best, whatever the circumstances?

bullet-arrow How can we cultivate greater harmony and stability in our working environment?

Answers to such questions go beyond the need for more physical resources and better organisation. We need to look within ourselves for more lasting solutions, hence the need for a spiritual perspective.


'Spirituality and Justice'

Spirituality is about:

bullet-arrow understanding that the source of all the positive qualities that enrich our lives lies within the self

bullet-arrow realising that we have a choice as to how we use our inner resources

bullet-arrow empowering our innate goodness so enabling us to deal more effectively with the challenges of modern life and make a more positive contribution to the world

bullet-arrow focusing on the good within others so transcending the barriers of gender, race, religion, class and culture

bullet-arrow recognising, appreciating and nurturing the inner being, the spirit, the soul

bullet-arrow discovering the spiritual laws that govern our existence and give a deeper meaning and purpose to our lives

bullet-arrow re-connecting with a higher Source

You can’t take the divinity out of a human being. It may be distorted, disfigured or disguised but it is there. The role of those who have a spiritual dimension is to try and create a space, which has sanctity, dignity, compassion and forgiveness, where all that is divine about a person has room to flourish.

Alan Ogier

Methodist and Free Church Superintendent for Prisoners

What I enjoyed most was the opportunity to examine possibilities for change and improvement both for myself and the environment I work in.

Phil Nelson
Former Prison Governor