Jackie Hewitt-Main – Back Behind Bars!
‘Dyslexia Behind Bars’ has led the way for The Cascade Foundation to go back into prisons and continue the fantastic work that Jackie started and now, five years on, that is exactly what Jackie Hewitt-Main is doing.
Both Jackie and Colin, one of her first Learning Coaches from the original project, are now working in Doncaster Prison, armed with multi-sensory materials and skills and ready to take on the challenge.
The prison staff are enthusiastic and can’t believe how ‘Whacky Jackie’ and Colin are already changing the lives of some of their prisoners.
Using their own experiences to relate and working on a one-to-one basis, an individual learning plan is built, allowing learning techniques to be tailored to each prisoner. Within just a few days, positive changes in attitude and enthusiasm have become obvious and learning is in full swing.
At the end of each session, the prisoners fill in a Feedback sheet to assess how well both learner and coach are doing, many are unable write well, if at all but given time that will change :
Many of the prisoners have heartbreaking stories that have led to prison but when you read comments like this, from a prisoner that, just a few days ago, could barely write at all, you know something is worthwhile.