Jan Bowden, immediate past president of MAR, came to speak to us about her work as an English tutor at a local men’s prison. As a good Soroptimist should, she challenged us about some of our perceptions of prisoners, their offences, rehabilitation and the life and conditions for prison officers too. Even has the balance with the #metoo campaign shifted too far so that men are unfairly imprisoned due to a culture of compensation?
What shone through was her love and passion for her work, her willingness to give these prisoners a chance and celebrate success, and the value of education both for prisoners and officers
We also celebrated our Friendship Links around the country and the world by lighting candles, ably led by Georgie