Meet Gair… Our Hidden Hero

The 29th of September 2021 marks #HiddenHeroesDay, where we celebrate and thank the often, unsung ‘Hidden Heroes’ across the custodial and community justice estate, who work tirelessly, especially during the covid-19 outbreak.  It’s an opportunity to show them that, while they may be largely hidden from public view, they’re not forgotten, and that the people who know them best, truly appreciate all they’ve done, and continue to do.

Despite their huge contribution and incredible efforts in supporting those within our justice system, Prison Officers, Probation Officers and Staff often go unnoticed, so to recognise the amazing work they have done and continue to do, we wanted to put in some of these amazing people in the spotlight.

Gair, who works as a Prison Officer, is a Hidden Hero. We’ve asked Gair a couple of questions about working for the Prison and Probation service:

Why did you become a Prison Officer?

I have always wanted to be an officer, I really do feel like I’m doing everything I can to help the prisoners in my care.

Do you recall your first days in the role? What were your initial thoughts?

I was a bit like a rabbit in headlights. Being asked questions that I didn’t know the answer too.

What is the best thing about being a Prison Officer?

I love my job, and I genuinely get up every day and say how lucky am I to have a job I love in a place that is fantastic.

If in any way, how would you say your experiences in your role have changed you?

With the support of my fantastic wife, I am the man I have always wanted to be.

Tell us about your proudest moment during your role?

There is no one single moment. I am always proud to wear my uniform and do the job I do.

What would you tell someone who was thinking about a role within the sector?

Go for it, it’s the best job in the world, sometimes challenging, but you really do make a difference.

Show your support

To pay tribute to those hidden heroes working within prisons, probation and youth justice services across the, you can donate money to Mental Health UK.  With around one in four people experiencing significant mental health problems in their lifetime, the hidden heroes working within prisons, probation and youth services are coming together to raise money for this chosen charity

Additionally, if you work in the sector, or would like to support those that do, you can take part in a #HiddenHeroes Charity Challenge!  Find out how here:

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