"I first met Release through the church community and from the encounter became really interested in the work the organisation was doing. Coming from a prison and addiction background, Release's mentorship programmes in the prisons were very appealing and I worked to become a mentor myself. After my release, I had the desire to start a business and Release became the support mechanism to help that happen. I have also been trained and equipped to run a business that may become a social enterprise. I have had the privilege of working with the probation services on different initiatives. After nearly 2 years volunteering with Release I was delighted to take a part time position leading, developing and presenting the Recovery course in Mountjoy prison”.
"While in prison, I gave up all hope in myself, I went into a deep depression and would not interact with anyone. I was told about a charity that comes into the prison once a week to help prisoners. At that time, I had no interest in anything to do with the church, let alone God. I tried to get up and pull myself together, and although it was hard at times, I decided to give it a go. I had a lot of work to do on myself and I did a number of courses with the charity. I started to enjoy myself; this was the best thing that I could have done to turn my life around. Release not only help people in prison but when you are released as well; it is an ongoing relationship. I have made a lot of friends through this charity. I would not be where I am today with them”.
"Release really helped me while I was in prison and continues to work with me now while I am living back in my community. Philip has been a huge support to me and without him I would not be where I am today. Release continues to support me in my life in finding accommodation, employment and with any personal issues I may face. They help me through my ongoing recovery and I am eternally grateful. The Alpha and Addiction Recovery courses I participated in when I was in prison continue to guide me through my life."
"While in prison, I gave up alcohol and cigarettes which I tried to replace with positive habits- such as running! Running is an excellent way to clear my head and if you get a run in in the morning, you're set for the day. I organised 4 charity runs in prison, each of which included up to 50 participants, raising over 3,500EUR. I'm doing my best to give back to organisations like Release who helped me when I needed them in prison and continue to provide mentorship to me, and of course, I am blessed to have God- whom all my life I ran away from, and for whom I run today."