Meet George… 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.

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

Why did you become a Prison Officer?

Because I wanted to make a real difference to peoples lives who are in a greater need than most! My parents are in caring jobs, one as a carer for disabled and one as a social worker, and they’ve made me want to make a difference.

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

I was scared, nervous and excited all in one big ball of a man, but I just wanted to begin doing something I would love for the rest of my life.

What is the best thing about being a Prison Officer?

Being able to help those of a similar age to me turn their lives around, it only takes one mistake and you can end up in jail, I want to help people and show them what they can do.

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

It has made me a stronger person, mentally rather than physically and showed me just how I can help a fellow human.

Tell us about your proudest moment during your role?

Stopping a self harmer, who was once the most prolific in the country from self harming and getting him a job on the unit.

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


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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