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What our clients say

I first met sarah in a (YOI) Young offenders institute.  After a couple of failed attempts at counselling they introduced me to her and I am so thankful they did. She was the first person I found I could talk to and be myself.

She was the first person ever to help me to  understand that there was reasons for my actions.
The first person to ask me how I felt about my mistakes and if I could, what would I change.

She was also the first person to make me realise that it wasn’t too late to have a life, and not just ‘get by’ but a life that I could be proud of, something that I could build and be proud of.

Despite the fact the prison tried to keep us apart,  she kept contact, wrote to me at every prison I was moved to half way across the country. She visited  me at every opportunity she had and kept me calm every time I got angry or could not cope.

Since prison, Sarah has helped me in almost every aspect of my life – she has helped me more than anyone in my life.

Every part of my life since release has been hard till Sarah stepped in. I was just barely keeping myself afloat till she first helped me with a place to live (temporary accommodation and since she has found me somewhere permanent) then set me up a job so I could work.

Then on top of all that she has now helped me set up in business for myself, got me my ADHD diagnosis, I’m now medicated and confident that in fact I do have a future

I met Sarah when I was 21 I am now 28.  She is the person who changed my life, the only one to understand, my friend and now I consider her my family.

And above all else the only reason why going to prison was one of best things that happened to me. If I hadn’t have met Sarah I would be back in prison or dead by now. And that is a guarantee.

Ex Young Offender, 28, Bucks

Sally was heaven sent in December 2020 during the darkest week of our lives. Our youngest son’s life was in crisis, drugs were involved, and we were desperate to find the right person to help him. Oh my goodness, were we lucky to find Sally at Headstuff. 

She has been amazing with him, they have formed a real bond and he has changed immeasurably over the last six months. Instead of despair and hopelessness – we feel positivity and excitement for his future. 

Sally has gone above and beyond the call of duty for us and always listens and responds to my incessant worries. She is one of life’s true treasures and I honestly think we’d still be in a mess without her. She has undoubtedly ‘saved him’ and for that we will be forever thankful.

Mum of 18 year old ADHD Boy

Since my first meeting with Sarah I started to make positive changes in my life thanks to her advice and guidance, and she set me off on a path that has brought such me a long way since.

All of this time however Sarah has persistently told me I need to seek medication for my ADHD. I know I have caused her much frustration in this matter but she never gave up on me!! I did eventually relent and was prescribed several different medications but I didn’t feel that they were benefiting me or they didn’t agree with me due to side effects and I gave up on them.

However, due to Sarah’s vast knowledge of all aspects of ADHD she informed me and emailed me a copy of the regulations regarding adult ADHD medication, as my psychiatrist had refused to issue Elvanse, the medication that according to the regulations is the first one that I should have been prescribed.

I can describe the transformation and rejuvenation that this medication has made as nothing short of miraculous in terms of how I cope with my every day life. Most significantly though is how the medication helped me out of a 15 year alcohol problem and in more recent years the abuse of illicitly acquired prescription medications.

In the past 15 years or so I have never gone longer than two nights in row without alcohol. I would drink at least a bottle of red wine a night, frequently two, and at my lowest points it was not uncommon for me to have three bottles, often passing out after two and a half bottles and finishing the rest the following morning. It was a routine that I could not break out of.

Since being on Elvanse though I have not had the impulse to drink and have seen that I was justifying my drinking to myself in various ways. If I’d had a bad day – I’d use it as an excuse to have a drink. Similarly, if I’d had a good day I’d see it as a reason to celebrate and again use this as an excuse to buy wine. I was an alcoholic, plain and simple. I knew this at the time but I just couldn’t get out of the cycle. I’d also started taking large amounts of tramadol on my days off and also using them as a sleep aid along with Xanax and Diazepam and Zopiclone. I knew the dangers of this but I was totally blazé about it.

Since starting on Elvanse I have been more in control of my actions and impulses and have not had the desire to drink or use any other drugs. On the day I decided that was finally it, I did go out and get three bottles of my favourite red wine as a kind of swansong with the intention of having one of them a night then quit. The old George would have had certainly got through two of them. Those three bottes actually lasted me 5 nights. I’d like to give a loftier reason and explanation for this change but I can’t, and all the will in the world had failed to break me out of this cycle over the years. I’d had so many of those days where I’d say “right, this is my last one” but on this occasion it finally was!

My work as a chef at the moment is particularly stressful due to working in a highly popular seasonal tourist destination, but my medication has undoubtedly helped improve my focus and control in the kitchen while everyone else around me seems to stressed as hell. And I know that these are the kind of days that previously would have made me an anxious, nervous wreck and made me hit the bottle at the end of a shift. I did want to stop and I tried to but I didn’t know how. I can proudly say today though that I am over 100 days sober and clean of alcohol and prescription medications apart what I am legitimately prescribed for my ADHD. I truly never thought this was possible. Aside from the physical benefits of not drinking I have a new sense of will and the strength to know that nothing is insurmountable to me now. I cannot thank and recommend Sarah enough. My life would not be what it is today without Headstuff and Sarah.

As well as helping me with the life struggles of ADHD, I’m thrilled that she and her company Headstuff have also recognised that addiction and crime go hand in hand with ADHD and have launched a new service, Headstuff Liberty, that deals specifically with this issue.

I have myself worked with young offenders, the vast majority of whom had substance abuse problems and most of them were ADHD, both diagnosed and from my own experience undiagnosed as well. I wouldn’t hesitate to get them in touch with Sarah and her team as they genuinely have the knowledge and skills to transform lives!

George, Bucks

In my role as Offender Supervisor and Senior Officer at HMP Portland, I had a particularly challenging young man Simon*. I was his Offender Supervisor and despite numerous emails and phone calls to his Offender Manager, we were running out of ideas on how to stop his cycle of offending and the high levels of violence in custody that Simon displayed on a very regular basis; in order that he could be considered for parole as he was serving a lengthy service.

We knew the root of the problem was obviously deep-set within his past and that Simon had to accept and address that himself but there were no mechanisms for this to happen at Portland.

Fortunately I met Sarah Templeton, Mini who came down to OMU to talk about what she could do in terms of counselling for testing individuals and the seed was sown. Simon was duly recommended and Sarah took him on as a client. Over the six months plus that Sarah was working with him I could not believe the difference in him – from someone who used to fight every week and be aggressive towards staff – he has transformed into someone who is now ‘Enhanced, the highest level of privileges, and not had an adjudication for six months plus. And he is now being considered for parole something that I would not have believed possible previously to meeting Sarah.

In our last phone conference with his probation officer she was pleasantly surprised by the obvious changes in Simon and it had the impact of lowering his risk enough to be considered for release again.

Talking to Simon as I do on a regular basis he is enjoying his sessions with Sarah and says that he is getting a lot from them – something I don’t dispute. I would have no hesitation in recommending challenging prisoners to Sarah or indeed recommending Sarah to others.

* name changed

Offender Supervisor & Senior Officer, HMP Portland, June 2015

I have known and worked with Sarah Templeton for more than 10 years when we met as volunteers for Crisis, the homeless charity. She was then managing and the hair and creating the nail salon services.

Sarah is enthusiastic, reliable, fun, compassionate, energetic, charismatic and has a wonderful way of putting people at ease – which is a great asset working with anybody vulnerable. She is always willing to help anyone.

Senior Services Organiser, Crisis

Sarah Templeton has been a volunteer mentor with the. ‘Working Out’ homeless mentoring project for approximately four years. In this time Sarah has mentored six mentees and is currently in her 7th mentoring relationship. Each relationship has been a challenge in that each client required help in different areas and in different ways but each time Sarah has risen to the challenge and excelled.

In her current mentoring relationship Sarah has been matched with a very colourful personality who has a history of substance abuse, incarceration and depression. Problems have arisen throughout but Sarah has negotiated these with the skills she has learnt from past experience. It is suffice to say that the mentee has absolute confidence and trust in Sarah to help him achieve his goals and I would strongly agree with him.

Due to Sarah’s past experience she has been asked on several occasions to come to the Mentor Training peer group sessions to talk to new mentors and provide them with an insight into mentoring and allay any fears.

Working Out Project Coordinator, The DePaul Trust

I first knew Sarah in the capacity of Mentor for The Big Issue Foundation in 2000. At the time I was homeless and just coming out of a long history of depression and heroin addiction.

Sarah’s mentoring was instrumental in this transitional phase of my life insuring that I could focus on creative goals and avoid relapsing into self-destructive patterns.

In 2007 I was lucky enough to benefit from Sarah’s support in the capacity of Life Coach. Once again her professional skills and intuitive ability to empathise without judging proved beneficial to me in a difficult phase of my life.

Amongst Sarah’s chief qualities I would like to mention her great listening skills and the ability to allow the speaker to feel safe and supported. She is also very clear when giving feedback and guidance. She is able to understand human nature looking beyond social differences and this is obvious in her sympathetic attitude towards individual choices.
Furthermore she has a positive, creative attitude to life that encourages change and self acceptance.

Sarah is simply an exceptional and inspiring individual. She has helped me immeasurably and I’ve watched her help so many others. She cares. And it shows.

Female, 43, London

I have been counselled by Sarah at two crucial times over the course of ten years. The first time she helped me overcome a long history of addiction which had led to homelessness.
The second time, her professional intervention was decisive in re-focussing my life when I found myself at a junction. I needed to find the courage to choose the path which was opening in front of me and that would improve my life but I was paralysed with self-doubt and at risk of relapsing into depression and self-harm.
Sarah’s support helped me find the strength in myself to follow the right direction. The passion for her work manifests itself as a combination of true human empathy and professional techniques.
Working on myself with Sarah’s support always felt safe. I knew I could trust her, she set very clear boundaries but I also knew she believed in my potential as a human being. Because of that I started to respect myself and put trust in others, too. This is what psychological support should always be about.

Emilia Teglia, Artistic Director and CEO Odd Eyes Theatre

I was introduced to Sarah when I was a young, single mother of two. I had lived an unsettled life of abuse and homelessness and was in a state of overwhelm regarding my career and the future in general.
Sarah was my first experience of acceptance, she was genuine, positive and much like a big sister. My sense of self worth was boosted and I became more confident.
On a more practical side, she provided the space and resources to help me focus and find direction.
I went on to complete my psychology degree and access to adult nursing.

Married Mum of 4, 34. London

My sessions with Sally have really helped me become aware of and break out of my negative thought processes that were leading to low self esteem and substance abuse. 

I have learned so much about the way my ADHD can impact all different areas of my life. Sally’s insights are very relatable and I always find her advice very applicable to my everyday life. 

It is very reassuring to speak to someone who has experienced similar problems to me and I come out of each session feeling less alone and more confident in my ability to overcome difficulties.

ADHD Girl, 20

I have known Sarah in her professional capacity since she started at HMP Portland in 2015. In my role within the resettlement unit I have needed to refer a number of prisoners to her and we have linked up with regard to numerous issues including prisoners requiring resettlement services.

In the time I have worked with Sarah she has shown herself to be a dedicated, committed individual who has worked with the most challenging and problematic prisoners with compassion and consideration. Sarah has also provided ongoing support to those leaving the prison in a ‘through the gate’ capacity and has, in my view, made a significant difference to the lives of many prisoners who without that support would’ve struggled to adapt.

The feedback I received from the prisoners she has worked with has always been extremely complimentary with regard to the support that she has provided – always going over and above to ensure that she provides them with the best service possible.

Head of Resettlement, HMP Portland

When I met Sarah 3 years ago, I wasn’t really looking for counselling. I thought I was handling my life ok. Looking back now I am so glad I took the opportunity to have that trial 1-2-1 session with Sarah as from that day forward my life has taken a complete 360 degree turn. I was a 42 year old female in & out of trouble with the law, abusive relationships, dealing with alcohol issues & living in a damp wet mobile home on benefits. My life was far from ok !! To be honest I was barely hanging on, I couldn’t care less if I lived or died. It was that bleak.
Over the past 3 years Sarah with her compassion ,kindness , dedication & professionalism slowly helped give me the courage to take back my life from the grips of fear, pain and paralysis. With her dedication faith and compassion she has transformed that ugly duckling into a swan, the caterpillar back into the butterfly And gave me belief in myself.
I have a little way to go but I am now learning to love myself again. I now believe I deserve to live the happy, joyfull loving life I hear about and that I am now beginning to experience.
Thanks to Sarah I am now living in a lovely apartment a stone throws away frm the beach, I’m driving my adorable little sports car and dating a wonderful caring loving guy. I still have a way to go but I am looking forward to the many experiences life has ahead of me and all I can say is thankyou Sarah I owe you my life ! You are an inspiration and a wonderful friend. I’m so glad you are in my life and hope you will be for a long time to come xxx

Female, 44. Dorset

Talking to Sally has been really helpful.  I feel very understood and find it VERY easy to open up to her. She always gives great advice and is a fantastic listener.

ADHD Male, 25

Sally’s been instrumental in helping me cope with and understand my ADHD over the past weeks. I’m learning to negotiate with myself when it comes to fighting my impulses with positive reinforcement, as well as push myself forward by learning what actually motivates me. 

Sally has also taught me how to go easier on myself by showing me that I am not alone, I am not ‘worse’ than other people, and that it is okay that I struggle with certain aspects of life. Working with Sally has reassured me there are people who are willing to help me.

ADHD female, 34

I first met sarah in a (YOI) Young offenders institute.  After a couple of failed attempts at counselling they introduced me to her and I am so thankful they did. She was the first person I found I could talk to and be myself.

She was the first person ever to help me to  understand that there was reasons for my actions.
The first person to ask me how I felt about my mistakes and if I could, what would I change.

She was also the first person to make me realise that it wasn’t too late to have a life, and not just ‘get by’ but a life that I could be proud of, something that I could build and be proud of.

Despite the fact the prison tried to keep us apart,  she kept contact, wrote to me at every prison I was moved to half way across the country. She visited  me at every opportunity she had and kept me calm every time I got angry or could not cope.

Since prison, Sarah has helped me in almost every aspect of my life – she has helped me more than anyone in my life.

Every part of my life since release has been hard till Sarah stepped in. I was just barely keeping myself afloat till she first helped me with a place to live (temporary accommodation and since she has found me somewhere permanent) then set me up a job so I could work.

Then on top of all that she has now helped me set up in business for myself, got me my ADHD diagnosis, I’m now medicated and confident that in fact I do have a future

I met Sarah when I was 21 I am now 28.  She is the person who changed my life, the only one to understand, my friend and now I consider her my family.

And above all else the only reason why going to prison was one of best things that happened to me. If I hadn’t have met Sarah I would be back in prison or dead by now. And that is a guarantee.

Ex Young Offender, 28, Bucks

Since my first meeting with Sarah I started to make positive changes in my life thanks to her advice and guidance, and she set me off on a path that has brought such me a long way since.

All of this time however Sarah has persistently told me I need to seek medication for my ADHD. I know I have caused her much frustration in this matter but she never gave up on me!! I did eventually relent and was prescribed several different medications but I didn’t feel that they were benefiting me or they didn’t agree with me due to side effects and I gave up on them.

However, due to Sarah’s vast knowledge of all aspects of ADHD she informed me and emailed me a copy of the regulations regarding adult ADHD medication, as my psychiatrist had refused to issue Elvanse, the medication that according to the regulations is the first one that I should have been prescribed.

I can describe the transformation and rejuvenation that this medication has made as nothing short of miraculous in terms of how I cope with my every day life. Most significantly though is how the medication helped me out of a 15 year alcohol problem and in more recent years the abuse of illicitly acquired prescription medications.

In the past 15 years or so I have never gone longer than two nights in row without alcohol. I would drink at least a bottle of red wine a night, frequently two, and at my lowest points it was not uncommon for me to have three bottles, often passing out after two and a half bottles and finishing the rest the following morning. It was a routine that I could not break out of.

Since being on Elvanse though I have not had the impulse to drink and have seen that I was justifying my drinking to myself in various ways. If I’d had a bad day – I’d use it as an excuse to have a drink. Similarly, if I’d had a good day I’d see it as a reason to celebrate and again use this as an excuse to buy wine. I was an alcoholic, plain and simple. I knew this at the time but I just couldn’t get out of the cycle. I’d also started taking large amounts of tramadol on my days off and also using them as a sleep aid along with Xanax and Diazepam and Zopiclone. I knew the dangers of this but I was totally blazé about it.

Since starting on Elvanse I have been more in control of my actions and impulses and have not had the desire to drink or use any other drugs. On the day I decided that was finally it, I did go out and get three bottles of my favourite red wine as a kind of swansong with the intention of having one of them a night then quit. The old George would have had certainly got through two of them. Those three bottes actually lasted me 5 nights. I’d like to give a loftier reason and explanation for this change but I can’t, and all the will in the world had failed to break me out of this cycle over the years. I’d had so many of those days where I’d say “right, this is my last one” but on this occasion it finally was!

My work as a chef at the moment is particularly stressful due to working in a highly popular seasonal tourist destination, but my medication has undoubtedly helped improve my focus and control in the kitchen while everyone else around me seems to stressed as hell. And I know that these are the kind of days that previously would have made me an anxious, nervous wreck and made me hit the bottle at the end of a shift. I did want to stop and I tried to but I didn’t know how. I can proudly say today though that I am over 100 days sober and clean of alcohol and prescription medications apart what I am legitimately prescribed for my ADHD. I truly never thought this was possible. Aside from the physical benefits of not drinking I have a new sense of will and the strength to know that nothing is insurmountable to me now. I cannot thank and recommend Sarah enough. My life would not be what it is today without Headstuff and Sarah.

As well as helping me with the life struggles of ADHD, I’m thrilled that she and her company Headstuff have also recognised that addiction and crime go hand in hand with ADHD and have launched a new service, Headstuff Liberty, that deals specifically with this issue.

I have myself worked with young offenders, the vast majority of whom had substance abuse problems and most of them were ADHD, both diagnosed and from my own experience undiagnosed as well. I wouldn’t hesitate to get them in touch with Sarah and her team as they genuinely have the knowledge and skills to transform lives!

George, Bucks

In my role as Offender Supervisor and Senior Officer at HMP Portland, I had a particularly challenging young man Simon*. I was his Offender Supervisor and despite numerous emails and phone calls to his Offender Manager, we were running out of ideas on how to stop his cycle of offending and the high levels of violence in custody that Simon displayed on a very regular basis; in order that he could be considered for parole as he was serving a lengthy service.

We knew the root of the problem was obviously deep-set within his past and that Simon had to accept and address that himself but there were no mechanisms for this to happen at Portland.

Fortunately I met Sarah Templeton, Mini who came down to OMU to talk about what she could do in terms of counselling for testing individuals and the seed was sown. Simon was duly recommended and Sarah took him on as a client. Over the six months plus that Sarah was working with him I could not believe the difference in him – from someone who used to fight every week and be aggressive towards staff – he has transformed into someone who is now ‘Enhanced, the highest level of privileges, and not had an adjudication for six months plus. And he is now being considered for parole something that I would not have believed possible previously to meeting Sarah.

In our last phone conference with his probation officer she was pleasantly surprised by the obvious changes in Simon and it had the impact of lowering his risk enough to be considered for release again.

Talking to Simon as I do on a regular basis he is enjoying his sessions with Sarah and says that he is getting a lot from them – something I don’t dispute. I would have no hesitation in recommending challenging prisoners to Sarah or indeed recommending Sarah to others.

* name changed

Offender Supervisor & Senior Officer, HMP Portland, June 2015

I have known and worked with Sarah Templeton for more than 10 years when we met as volunteers for Crisis, the homeless charity. She was then managing and the hair and creating the nail salon services.

Sarah is enthusiastic, reliable, fun, compassionate, energetic, charismatic and has a wonderful way of putting people at ease – which is a great asset working with anybody vulnerable. She is always willing to help anyone.

Senior Services Organiser, Crisis

Sally was heaven sent in December 2020 during the darkest week of our lives. Our youngest son’s life was in crisis, drugs were involved, and we were desperate to find the right person to help him. Oh my goodness, were we lucky to find Sally at Headstuff. 

She has been amazing with him, they have formed a real bond and he has changed immeasurably over the last six months. Instead of despair and hopelessness – we feel positivity and excitement for his future. 

Sally has gone above and beyond the call of duty for us and always listens and responds to my incessant worries. She is one of life’s true treasures and I honestly think we’d still be in a mess without her. She has undoubtedly ‘saved him’ and for that we will be forever thankful.

Mum of 18 year old ADHD Boy

My sessions with Sally have really helped me become aware of and break out of my negative thought processes that were leading to low self esteem and substance abuse. 

I have learned so much about the way my ADHD can impact all different areas of my life. Sally’s insights are very relatable and I always find her advice very applicable to my everyday life. 

It is very reassuring to speak to someone who has experienced similar problems to me and I come out of each session feeling less alone and more confident in my ability to overcome difficulties.

ADHD Girl, 20

I first knew Sarah in the capacity of Mentor for The Big Issue Foundation in 2000. At the time I was homeless and just coming out of a long history of depression and heroin addiction.

Sarah’s mentoring was instrumental in this transitional phase of my life insuring that I could focus on creative goals and avoid relapsing into self-destructive patterns.

In 2007 I was lucky enough to benefit from Sarah’s support in the capacity of Life Coach. Once again her professional skills and intuitive ability to empathise without judging proved beneficial to me in a difficult phase of my life.

Amongst Sarah’s chief qualities I would like to mention her great listening skills and the ability to allow the speaker to feel safe and supported. She is also very clear when giving feedback and guidance. She is able to understand human nature looking beyond social differences and this is obvious in her sympathetic attitude towards individual choices.
Furthermore she has a positive, creative attitude to life that encourages change and self acceptance.

Sarah is simply an exceptional and inspiring individual. She has helped me immeasurably and I’ve watched her help so many others. She cares. And it shows.

Female, 43, London

When I met Sarah 3 years ago, I wasn’t really looking for counselling. I thought I was handling my life ok. Looking back now I am so glad I took the opportunity to have that trial 1-2-1 session with Sarah as from that day forward my life has taken a complete 360 degree turn. I was a 42 year old female in & out of trouble with the law, abusive relationships, dealing with alcohol issues & living in a damp wet mobile home on benefits. My life was far from ok !! To be honest I was barely hanging on, I couldn’t care less if I lived or died. It was that bleak.
Over the past 3 years Sarah with her compassion ,kindness , dedication & professionalism slowly helped give me the courage to take back my life from the grips of fear, pain and paralysis. With her dedication faith and compassion she has transformed that ugly duckling into a swan, the caterpillar back into the butterfly And gave me belief in myself.
I have a little way to go but I am now learning to love myself again. I now believe I deserve to live the happy, joyfull loving life I hear about and that I am now beginning to experience.
Thanks to Sarah I am now living in a lovely apartment a stone throws away frm the beach, I’m driving my adorable little sports car and dating a wonderful caring loving guy. I still have a way to go but I am looking forward to the many experiences life has ahead of me and all I can say is thankyou Sarah I owe you my life ! You are an inspiration and a wonderful friend. I’m so glad you are in my life and hope you will be for a long time to come xxx

Female, 44. Dorset

I have been counselled by Sarah at two crucial times over the course of ten years. The first time she helped me overcome a long history of addiction which had led to homelessness.
The second time, her professional intervention was decisive in re-focussing my life when I found myself at a junction. I needed to find the courage to choose the path which was opening in front of me and that would improve my life but I was paralysed with self-doubt and at risk of relapsing into depression and self-harm.
Sarah’s support helped me find the strength in myself to follow the right direction. The passion for her work manifests itself as a combination of true human empathy and professional techniques.
Working on myself with Sarah’s support always felt safe. I knew I could trust her, she set very clear boundaries but I also knew she believed in my potential as a human being. Because of that I started to respect myself and put trust in others, too. This is what psychological support should always be about.

Emilia Teglia, Artistic Director and CEO Odd Eyes Theatre

Sarah Templeton has been a volunteer mentor with the. ‘Working Out’ homeless mentoring project for approximately four years. In this time Sarah has mentored six mentees and is currently in her 7th mentoring relationship. Each relationship has been a challenge in that each client required help in different areas and in different ways but each time Sarah has risen to the challenge and excelled.

In her current mentoring relationship Sarah has been matched with a very colourful personality who has a history of substance abuse, incarceration and depression. Problems have arisen throughout but Sarah has negotiated these with the skills she has learnt from past experience. It is suffice to say that the mentee has absolute confidence and trust in Sarah to help him achieve his goals and I would strongly agree with him.

Due to Sarah’s past experience she has been asked on several occasions to come to the Mentor Training peer group sessions to talk to new mentors and provide them with an insight into mentoring and allay any fears.

Working Out Project Coordinator, The DePaul Trust

I was introduced to Sarah when I was a young, single mother of two. I had lived an unsettled life of abuse and homelessness and was in a state of overwhelm regarding my career and the future in general.
Sarah was my first experience of acceptance, she was genuine, positive and much like a big sister. My sense of self worth was boosted and I became more confident.
On a more practical side, she provided the space and resources to help me focus and find direction.
I went on to complete my psychology degree and access to adult nursing.

Married Mum of 4, 34. London

Sally’s been instrumental in helping me cope with and understand my ADHD over the past weeks. I’m learning to negotiate with myself when it comes to fighting my impulses with positive reinforcement, as well as push myself forward by learning what actually motivates me. 

Sally has also taught me how to go easier on myself by showing me that I am not alone, I am not ‘worse’ than other people, and that it is okay that I struggle with certain aspects of life. Working with Sally has reassured me there are people who are willing to help me.

ADHD female, 34

I have known Sarah in her professional capacity since she started at HMP Portland in 2015. In my role within the resettlement unit I have needed to refer a number of prisoners to her and we have linked up with regard to numerous issues including prisoners requiring resettlement services.

In the time I have worked with Sarah she has shown herself to be a dedicated, committed individual who has worked with the most challenging and problematic prisoners with compassion and consideration. Sarah has also provided ongoing support to those leaving the prison in a ‘through the gate’ capacity and has, in my view, made a significant difference to the lives of many prisoners who without that support would’ve struggled to adapt.

The feedback I received from the prisoners she has worked with has always been extremely complimentary with regard to the support that she has provided – always going over and above to ensure that she provides them with the best service possible.

Head of Resettlement, HMP Portland

Talking to Sally has been really helpful.  I feel very understood and find it VERY easy to open up to her. She always gives great advice and is a fantastic listener.

ADHD Male, 25