This month we decided to pledge our support to the British charity The Prison Phoenix Trust by setting up a monthly contribution. The Prison Phoenix Trust is a charity that encourages prisoners in the development of their spiritual welfare, through the practices of meditation and yoga, working with silence and the breath.
The Prison Phoenix Trust offers personal support to prisoners around the UK and the Republic of Ireland through teaching, workshops, correspondence, books and newsletters – and to prison staff too. They work with people of any faith, or of none, and honour all religions.
According to a research article by Bilderbeck et al. published by Hindawi Publishing Corporation, there is emerging evidence that the practice of yoga may play a significant role in prison rehabilitation programmes. On top of this, we believe that just because a person has made mistakes -admittedly, sometimes big mistakes- we should not simply lock people away and forget about them. We should all, as a community, help one another overcome life’s dark moments and become better people day after day
Our director has worked alongside the ex Probation services (now called C.R.C.) back in 2015. At the time, he was working with the charity User Voice to improve the rehabilitation services provided to ex-offenders in the community and he has since remained very sensitive to the cause of improving the way the justice system treats convicted people.
“I am both a meditation and a yoga practitioner myself -said Francesco in the office today- and I know this stuff is powerful! Supporting the PPT and their work with the people society often forgets about is something we should all be proud of in this company.”
You can support PPT too, or just find out more about who they are on their website.