Meet Jahangir… 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.

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

Why did you become a Managing Chaplain?

To make a difference to peoples lives and help prisoners to make a positive change.

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

I started as a volunteer in 2003, not ever thinking that this will be my career. During my first interaction with a group of prisoners at a religious service, I immediately felt that they were really looking reconciliation and forgiveness, and I was a means for them to achieve this.

What is the best thing about being a Managing Chaplain?

It’s working with people who genuinely want to change. Job satisfaction and better for society as a whole.

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

It has definitely given me a broader perspective of life and made me appreciate all the opportunities that I have had.

Tell us about your proudest moment during your role?

I feel proud every day that I go into work. The role is such that every day is different and every day I have an opportunity to touch someone’s life, whether its staff, prisoners or my colleagues that I manage. There are many moments that make you proud and make the job worthwhile, but if I was to highlight one incident then is was when an ex-prisoner called into the office and said how successful he had become and managed to stay out of prison, get married, have children, get a job and has his own place to live in. I had to think long and hard before I remembered who this prisoner was, but he remembered me and called to say thank you.

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

If you genuinely want a challenge and want to make a difference to mend broken lives, this is the job for you.

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 https://mentalhealth-uk.org/donate.

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: https://www.hiddenheroes.uk/CharityChallenge.

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