Dean grew up in Stratford, East London and became involved in alcohol, drugs and crime at an early age. By the age of 18 he had already served time in custody and from that age for 20 years, he was in full blown addiction and crime, sometimes violent crime, so that he served more time in prison than out.
At the age of 38, after another violent crime, he received an IPP (Indeterminate Public Protection) sentence and eventually served 10 years 5 months in prison.
In February 2017 he started a recovery programme in prison, facilitated with others by one of our Founders and and he has stayed clean from the day that programme started. He attended every session of the 6 week course, and acted as a Peer Supporter for two more which was vital in a parole board decision to release him to a residential rehab unit in Hull.
Dean successfully graduated from that programme after 5 months and is now living in his own house for the first time, with his new partner Fey who is expecting their baby. Dean is working as a volunteer with New Connections and wants to pass on his message of hope to those still in prison and caught in the cycle of addiction and crime.
Dean has quite simply turned his life around through getting into recovery and sticking close to others who are following the same path: he is an inspiration to us all.