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The Anderson Lectures 2017

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Birley Building

Manchester Metropolitan University

Bonsall Street

Manchester

M15 6GX

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POPS is delighted to host the Anderson Lectures for its fourth year. This year the focus will be on life sentenced prisoners and the transition from custody back into the community. We will consider the challenges this transition presents for both the prisoner and their family, how these obstacles might be minimised and overcome, and contemplate the particular issues facing prisoners from BAME backgrounds.

Taking place at the Birley Building on Wednesday the 4th of October the Anderson Lectures 2017 will hear from Simon, a Mandatory Lifer who spent 16 years inside. In open prison he volunteered in the local community, worked as a Mathematics lecturer and began to rebuild relationships. Simon’s family visited him regularly, travelling up to 900 miles to see him for 2 hours. He currently works with Coaching Inside and Out, is a Trustee of the Prisoners’ Education Trust and sits on the Arts Steering Group of the Koestler Trust. Since release he has spoken on lifer issues to the Police, the Parole Board, University Students and to lifers in custody.

We will also introduce you to the Re:Connect Project, POPS’ latest initiative, developed in partnership with members of the BME roundtable. Designed to provide transitional support to Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) men who are just about to be, or have recently been released from a long term prison sentence (10 years and over), Reconnect will work to assist with preparation and management of their re-entry back into communities. Re:Connect has been developed in response to the particular personal, social and criminogenic needs presented by this group that represent a significant barrier to reintegration and inhibit the desistance process. BAME prisoners have disclosed the debilitating impact of losing community resources and support structures (family, employment, pro social associates and friends) as a result of their imprisonment, which are crucial for positive reintegration and resettlement. This intervention serves to nurture and equip BAME male long term prisoners with the assets, skills and competencies to navigate changed and complex environments that prisoners encounter upon release.

The Anderson Lectures is usually over-subscribed, so early registration is advisable.

This is a free event but donations to the work of POPS are welcome on the evening. Refreshments will be available.

Thank you for your support.

The organisers reserve the right to charge a £15 non-attendance charge in event of a "no show"
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