When I retired from teaching and after a spell of child minding while my daughter did further training, I wanted to find something else I could do usefully.  I remembered a volunteering leaflet I'd collected up in a restaurant about helping in the prison service and after an initial interview I started work with Sova with Oxford Probation Service in 2008. I continued with Pact after Sova stopped working in Oxfordshire.

I really enjoy the work I do. I've always liked working with people and it is such a good opportunity to use skills I've been taught, and - to misquote- it keeps me on the streets. Every person's needs are a bit different, so the work is varied and I feel very privileged to be helping and hopefully building up knowledge in basic skills, to give people confidence for their future in the workplace.