Wonder Mum 2015, for mothering 100s of prisoners
Jackie Hewitt-Main has been named by The Sun newspaper as ‘Wonder Mum 2015’ for mothering her own two sons and grandson … and for mothering hundreds of prisoners and ex-offenders over the past ten years.
The panel of judges awarded this accolade to Jackie after her younger son, Stuart, nominated her. He should know. Following his near fatal car-crash at the age of 14, Stuart was left with serious brain injuries, which left him unable to walk, talk, read or write. The NHS discharged him, saying they could do nothing more for him.
Jackie did not let this stop her. On the contrary, it challenged her to find out everything she could that might help her to help Stuart. She taught him to walk and speak again, then started right at the beginning with multi-sensory learning techniques she had gone to the USA to research. Using this practical, multi-sensory approach, Stuart quickly began picking up his old skills again, going through all the early stages of literacy until he was back to where he had been. In the meantime, while severely dyslexic Jackie was teaching him, she found she was learning herself! This was a revelation and it led her to further develop her programme to use with children, NEETS and offenders.
During the past ten years, both during and after her Chelmsford Prison project, and for the past eighteen months at Doncaster Prison and post-release, Jackie has not only taught and trained, but also mothered around 700 prisoners and ex-offenders, providing them with wraparound care on the outside, until they have the skills and confidence to go into their own accommodation and embark on further education, voluntary or paid employment.
The judges felt this award was fully deserved and were full of praise and admiration for her work. We agree, of course, and the whole Cascade team of trustees, employees, volunteers, offenders and ex-offenders congratulate Jackie on her remarkable achievements, leading The Cascade Foundation and transforming the lives of so many ex-offenders and their families.