Benfleet charity teaches prisoners how to read and write

Patron: Rebecca Harris MP

Patron: Rebecca Harris MP

First published in News

A PIONEERING scheme aimed at cutting reoffending rates in prisons has been hailed as a success.

Benfleet-based charity The Cascade Foundation has been carrying out a three-month pilot project in Doncaster Prison to provide education for inmates with dyslexia-related learning difficulties.

The charity teaches offenders basic literacy skills and diagnoses those suffering with learning difficulties.

It is hoped the work will stop prisoners reverting back to a life of crime and provide the skills to keep them on the straight and narrow.

The charity was set up by campaigner Jackie Hewitt-Main in her home in Kents Kill Road, alongside Benfleet councillor Andrew Sheldon and Chelmsford resident Karen Osman.

Ms Hewitt-Main said: “A large number of offenders in British prisons have learning difficulties. If offenders haven’t learned to read and write by the time they finish their sentence, they have little hope of properly interacting with society, getting a job and staying on the straight and narrow.

“We are taking them out of the traditional prison classroom environment with our teaching and setting up a support network of mentors amongst the offenders themselves to give them these skills and get them one step closer to rehabilitation.

Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris, who is dyslexic herself and a founding patron of the charity, added: “I am very proud to be a patron of the Cascade Foundation and it was great to travel up to Doncaster to see first-hand how their efforts are changing the lives of these offenders and through education, cut the chances of them committing further crimes.”

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6:38pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

It's all well intentioned and good - but what about the adults in the community who can't get jobs because of dyslexia and other reading and writing problems?

There are plenty of local people who would benefit from improving their skills - and this could well result in them being able to get work.

I know there are schemes but they are not that well publicised.

A few years ago there was an initiative called On the Road, which aimed at helping all adults with reading and writing difficulties. It was well publicised with a national TV campaign.

Why doesn't the Conservative government relaunch that?

There is enough help for immigrants and they even get interpreters paid for when they can't be bothered to learn the language but what about our own local people?

What about people who actually want to work and improve themselves? Or do you have to be a miscreant to get anywhere in this country these days?
It's all well intentioned and good - but what about the adults in the community who can't get jobs because of dyslexia and other reading and writing problems? There are plenty of local people who would benefit from improving their skills - and this could well result in them being able to get work. I know there are schemes but they are not that well publicised. A few years ago there was an initiative called On the Road, which aimed at helping all adults with reading and writing difficulties. It was well publicised with a national TV campaign. Why doesn't the Conservative government relaunch that? There is enough help for immigrants and they even get interpreters paid for when they can't be bothered to learn the language but what about our own local people? What about people who actually want to work and improve themselves? Or do you have to be a miscreant to get anywhere in this country these days? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

7:18pm Tue 4 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Kim stop voting for your own comments...its demeaning.
Kim stop voting for your own comments...its demeaning. ThisYear
  • Score: 1

8:13pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Rich,..Carol says...

At least they will be able to sign and do cheque card fraud and other criminal activities so this will help wont it
At least they will be able to sign and do cheque card fraud and other criminal activities so this will help wont it Rich,..Carol
  • Score: 1

9:48pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Crime Pays says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
It's all well intentioned and good - but what about the adults in the community who can't get jobs because of dyslexia and other reading and writing problems?

There are plenty of local people who would benefit from improving their skills - and this could well result in them being able to get work.

I know there are schemes but they are not that well publicised.

A few years ago there was an initiative called On the Road, which aimed at helping all adults with reading and writing difficulties. It was well publicised with a national TV campaign.

Why doesn't the Conservative government relaunch that?

There is enough help for immigrants and they even get interpreters paid for when they can't be bothered to learn the language but what about our own local people?

What about people who actually want to work and improve themselves? Or do you have to be a miscreant to get anywhere in this country these days?
She's off on one again. We should call you A4 Kim, because each article you write is about that big in size. And it's usually just full of complete 'lefty' sh1t.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: It's all well intentioned and good - but what about the adults in the community who can't get jobs because of dyslexia and other reading and writing problems? There are plenty of local people who would benefit from improving their skills - and this could well result in them being able to get work. I know there are schemes but they are not that well publicised. A few years ago there was an initiative called On the Road, which aimed at helping all adults with reading and writing difficulties. It was well publicised with a national TV campaign. Why doesn't the Conservative government relaunch that? There is enough help for immigrants and they even get interpreters paid for when they can't be bothered to learn the language but what about our own local people? What about people who actually want to work and improve themselves? Or do you have to be a miscreant to get anywhere in this country these days?[/p][/quote]She's off on one again. We should call you A4 Kim, because each article you write is about that big in size. And it's usually just full of complete 'lefty' sh1t. Crime Pays
  • Score: 3

10:30pm Tue 4 Mar 14

supermadmax says...

"A PIONEERING scheme aimed at cutting reoffending rates in prisons"

Virtually every prison has had reading / writing classes for donkeys, its hardly 'pioneering' is it ?
"A PIONEERING scheme aimed at cutting reoffending rates in prisons" Virtually every prison has had reading / writing classes for donkeys, its hardly 'pioneering' is it ? supermadmax
  • Score: 5

9:34am Wed 5 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Crime Pays wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
It's all well intentioned and good - but what about the adults in the community who can't get jobs because of dyslexia and other reading and writing problems?

There are plenty of local people who would benefit from improving their skills - and this could well result in them being able to get work.

I know there are schemes but they are not that well publicised.

A few years ago there was an initiative called On the Road, which aimed at helping all adults with reading and writing difficulties. It was well publicised with a national TV campaign.

Why doesn't the Conservative government relaunch that?

There is enough help for immigrants and they even get interpreters paid for when they can't be bothered to learn the language but what about our own local people?

What about people who actually want to work and improve themselves? Or do you have to be a miscreant to get anywhere in this country these days?
She's off on one again. We should call you A4 Kim, because each article you write is about that big in size. And it's usually just full of complete 'lefty' sh1t.
you are an idiot. I am about as far from a lefty as you can get which if you read my comments properly you would realise.

Your username indicates what you are. An idiot. And one that is ignorant and full of your own BS.

You are impotent both in brain and otherwise.

Because if you were not, you would not have such a ludicrous username.

Another one who hasn't the b*lls to stand up and be counted.

And if you really think "crime pays", it shows your mentality. An uneducated, illiterate hickbilly.

You think your opinion is of any value? Get real! ;))
[quote][p][bold]Crime Pays[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: It's all well intentioned and good - but what about the adults in the community who can't get jobs because of dyslexia and other reading and writing problems? There are plenty of local people who would benefit from improving their skills - and this could well result in them being able to get work. I know there are schemes but they are not that well publicised. A few years ago there was an initiative called On the Road, which aimed at helping all adults with reading and writing difficulties. It was well publicised with a national TV campaign. Why doesn't the Conservative government relaunch that? There is enough help for immigrants and they even get interpreters paid for when they can't be bothered to learn the language but what about our own local people? What about people who actually want to work and improve themselves? Or do you have to be a miscreant to get anywhere in this country these days?[/p][/quote]She's off on one again. We should call you A4 Kim, because each article you write is about that big in size. And it's usually just full of complete 'lefty' sh1t.[/p][/quote]you are an idiot. I am about as far from a lefty as you can get which if you read my comments properly you would realise. Your username indicates what you are. An idiot. And one that is ignorant and full of your own BS. You are impotent both in brain and otherwise. Because if you were not, you would not have such a ludicrous username. Another one who hasn't the b*lls to stand up and be counted. And if you really think "crime pays", it shows your mentality. An uneducated, illiterate hickbilly. You think your opinion is of any value? Get real! ;)) Kim Gandy
  • Score: -4

9:37am Wed 5 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

What you idiots cannot cope with is a superior intellect. Hence the comments and the thumbs down.

Yes I do occasionally read them - but only because it gives me a sense of superiority.

At least my comments are well researched and articulate, whereas yours hardly ever stay on the subject matter because you are singularly incapable of doing so.

I rest my case.

We DO need more adult education in this country, if only to help some of the Jeremy Kyle rejects posting above.

It strengthens my argument! ;D
What you idiots cannot cope with is a superior intellect. Hence the comments and the thumbs down. Yes I do occasionally read them - but only because it gives me a sense of superiority. At least my comments are well researched and articulate, whereas yours hardly ever stay on the subject matter because you are singularly incapable of doing so. I rest my case. We DO need more adult education in this country, if only to help some of the Jeremy Kyle rejects posting above. It strengthens my argument! ;D Kim Gandy
  • Score: -5

10:48am Wed 5 Mar 14

Barry Bas says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Crime Pays wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote: It's all well intentioned and good - but what about the adults in the community who can't get jobs because of dyslexia and other reading and writing problems? There are plenty of local people who would benefit from improving their skills - and this could well result in them being able to get work. I know there are schemes but they are not that well publicised. A few years ago there was an initiative called On the Road, which aimed at helping all adults with reading and writing difficulties. It was well publicised with a national TV campaign. Why doesn't the Conservative government relaunch that? There is enough help for immigrants and they even get interpreters paid for when they can't be bothered to learn the language but what about our own local people? What about people who actually want to work and improve themselves? Or do you have to be a miscreant to get anywhere in this country these days?
She's off on one again. We should call you A4 Kim, because each article you write is about that big in size. And it's usually just full of complete 'lefty' sh1t.
you are an idiot. I am about as far from a lefty as you can get which if you read my comments properly you would realise. Your username indicates what you are. An idiot. And one that is ignorant and full of your own BS. You are impotent both in brain and otherwise. Because if you were not, you would not have such a ludicrous username. Another one who hasn't the b*lls to stand up and be counted. And if you really think "crime pays", it shows your mentality. An uneducated, illiterate hickbilly. You think your opinion is of any value? Get real! ;))
You keep going on about people not using their real names but how do we know that Kim Gandy is your real name. I mean there is no actual proof that is your real name, and you keep telling us how someone hacked your facebook account and posed as you, so why couldn't someone set up an account on this newspaper using that name. I could use the name John Smith and there is no proof that is not my real name.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crime Pays[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: It's all well intentioned and good - but what about the adults in the community who can't get jobs because of dyslexia and other reading and writing problems? There are plenty of local people who would benefit from improving their skills - and this could well result in them being able to get work. I know there are schemes but they are not that well publicised. A few years ago there was an initiative called On the Road, which aimed at helping all adults with reading and writing difficulties. It was well publicised with a national TV campaign. Why doesn't the Conservative government relaunch that? There is enough help for immigrants and they even get interpreters paid for when they can't be bothered to learn the language but what about our own local people? What about people who actually want to work and improve themselves? Or do you have to be a miscreant to get anywhere in this country these days?[/p][/quote]She's off on one again. We should call you A4 Kim, because each article you write is about that big in size. And it's usually just full of complete 'lefty' sh1t.[/p][/quote]you are an idiot. I am about as far from a lefty as you can get which if you read my comments properly you would realise. Your username indicates what you are. An idiot. And one that is ignorant and full of your own BS. You are impotent both in brain and otherwise. Because if you were not, you would not have such a ludicrous username. Another one who hasn't the b*lls to stand up and be counted. And if you really think "crime pays", it shows your mentality. An uneducated, illiterate hickbilly. You think your opinion is of any value? Get real! ;))[/p][/quote]You keep going on about people not using their real names but how do we know that Kim Gandy is your real name. I mean there is no actual proof that is your real name, and you keep telling us how someone hacked your facebook account and posed as you, so why couldn't someone set up an account on this newspaper using that name. I could use the name John Smith and there is no proof that is not my real name. Barry Bas
  • Score: 5

12:28pm Wed 5 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Crime Pays wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
It's all well intentioned and good - but what about the adults in the community who can't get jobs because of dyslexia and other reading and writing problems?

There are plenty of local people who would benefit from improving their skills - and this could well result in them being able to get work.

I know there are schemes but they are not that well publicised.

A few years ago there was an initiative called On the Road, which aimed at helping all adults with reading and writing difficulties. It was well publicised with a national TV campaign.

Why doesn't the Conservative government relaunch that?

There is enough help for immigrants and they even get interpreters paid for when they can't be bothered to learn the language but what about our own local people?

What about people who actually want to work and improve themselves? Or do you have to be a miscreant to get anywhere in this country these days?
She's off on one again. We should call you A4 Kim, because each article you write is about that big in size. And it's usually just full of complete 'lefty' sh1t.
you are an idiot. I am about as far from a lefty as you can get which if you read my comments properly you would realise.

Your username indicates what you are. An idiot. And one that is ignorant and full of your own BS.

You are impotent both in brain and otherwise.

Because if you were not, you would not have such a ludicrous username.

Another one who hasn't the b*lls to stand up and be counted.

And if you really think "crime pays", it shows your mentality. An uneducated, illiterate hickbilly.

You think your opinion is of any value? Get real! ;))
**You think your opinion is of any value?**

Kim do you think yours is any more so?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crime Pays[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: It's all well intentioned and good - but what about the adults in the community who can't get jobs because of dyslexia and other reading and writing problems? There are plenty of local people who would benefit from improving their skills - and this could well result in them being able to get work. I know there are schemes but they are not that well publicised. A few years ago there was an initiative called On the Road, which aimed at helping all adults with reading and writing difficulties. It was well publicised with a national TV campaign. Why doesn't the Conservative government relaunch that? There is enough help for immigrants and they even get interpreters paid for when they can't be bothered to learn the language but what about our own local people? What about people who actually want to work and improve themselves? Or do you have to be a miscreant to get anywhere in this country these days?[/p][/quote]She's off on one again. We should call you A4 Kim, because each article you write is about that big in size. And it's usually just full of complete 'lefty' sh1t.[/p][/quote]you are an idiot. I am about as far from a lefty as you can get which if you read my comments properly you would realise. Your username indicates what you are. An idiot. And one that is ignorant and full of your own BS. You are impotent both in brain and otherwise. Because if you were not, you would not have such a ludicrous username. Another one who hasn't the b*lls to stand up and be counted. And if you really think "crime pays", it shows your mentality. An uneducated, illiterate hickbilly. You think your opinion is of any value? Get real! ;))[/p][/quote]**You think your opinion is of any value?** Kim do you think yours is any more so? ThisYear
  • Score: 4

12:30pm Wed 5 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Barry Bas wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Crime Pays wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote: It's all well intentioned and good - but what about the adults in the community who can't get jobs because of dyslexia and other reading and writing problems? There are plenty of local people who would benefit from improving their skills - and this could well result in them being able to get work. I know there are schemes but they are not that well publicised. A few years ago there was an initiative called On the Road, which aimed at helping all adults with reading and writing difficulties. It was well publicised with a national TV campaign. Why doesn't the Conservative government relaunch that? There is enough help for immigrants and they even get interpreters paid for when they can't be bothered to learn the language but what about our own local people? What about people who actually want to work and improve themselves? Or do you have to be a miscreant to get anywhere in this country these days?
She's off on one again. We should call you A4 Kim, because each article you write is about that big in size. And it's usually just full of complete 'lefty' sh1t.
you are an idiot. I am about as far from a lefty as you can get which if you read my comments properly you would realise. Your username indicates what you are. An idiot. And one that is ignorant and full of your own BS. You are impotent both in brain and otherwise. Because if you were not, you would not have such a ludicrous username. Another one who hasn't the b*lls to stand up and be counted. And if you really think "crime pays", it shows your mentality. An uneducated, illiterate hickbilly. You think your opinion is of any value? Get real! ;))
You keep going on about people not using their real names but how do we know that Kim Gandy is your real name. I mean there is no actual proof that is your real name, and you keep telling us how someone hacked your facebook account and posed as you, so why couldn't someone set up an account on this newspaper using that name. I could use the name John Smith and there is no proof that is not my real name.
The woman would be deluded under any name!
[quote][p][bold]Barry Bas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crime Pays[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: It's all well intentioned and good - but what about the adults in the community who can't get jobs because of dyslexia and other reading and writing problems? There are plenty of local people who would benefit from improving their skills - and this could well result in them being able to get work. I know there are schemes but they are not that well publicised. A few years ago there was an initiative called On the Road, which aimed at helping all adults with reading and writing difficulties. It was well publicised with a national TV campaign. Why doesn't the Conservative government relaunch that? There is enough help for immigrants and they even get interpreters paid for when they can't be bothered to learn the language but what about our own local people? What about people who actually want to work and improve themselves? Or do you have to be a miscreant to get anywhere in this country these days?[/p][/quote]She's off on one again. We should call you A4 Kim, because each article you write is about that big in size. And it's usually just full of complete 'lefty' sh1t.[/p][/quote]you are an idiot. I am about as far from a lefty as you can get which if you read my comments properly you would realise. Your username indicates what you are. An idiot. And one that is ignorant and full of your own BS. You are impotent both in brain and otherwise. Because if you were not, you would not have such a ludicrous username. Another one who hasn't the b*lls to stand up and be counted. And if you really think "crime pays", it shows your mentality. An uneducated, illiterate hickbilly. You think your opinion is of any value? Get real! ;))[/p][/quote]You keep going on about people not using their real names but how do we know that Kim Gandy is your real name. I mean there is no actual proof that is your real name, and you keep telling us how someone hacked your facebook account and posed as you, so why couldn't someone set up an account on this newspaper using that name. I could use the name John Smith and there is no proof that is not my real name.[/p][/quote]The woman would be deluded under any name! ThisYear
  • Score: 4

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