20120716_083305Rewind is a volunteering group for ex-offenders, who aim to reach out and share past experiences to benefit others.

The Rewind group raise awareness about the risk and dangers of becoming involved in crime and the criminal justice system through delivering presentations of real life events to schools, colleges and universities.

I was impressed especially that a group of what are normally difficult to engage learners sat for an hour in near silence listening to you. That is testament to how important and meaningful the work you and the Rewind team do is.

Paul Watson, Enrichment and Engagement Coordinator, Southampton City College

Our Rewind volunteers also support people across a wide range of the Society of St James’s drug services, facilitating peer recovery groups and encouraging others in their recovery journey.

In partnership with the Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme, Rewind also provide peer support to young people who have been identified as being in danger of turning to crime and addiction.

I just wanted to ‘thank you’ again for the huge support in our Year 9 Think Safe Behaviour Day yesterday. I, for one, am very grateful to Steph, Matt and Ellen for all taking the time to share their difficult experiences with us.

Angela Cowey, Careers Department, Horndean Technology College

Here’s some of the feedback we’ve had from Rewind sessions:

These people are sound and gave us some good advice”

“Made me think twice about what I’m doing outside school and what harm you’re doing to other people.  Also what it’s like to be in prison and what to do in life when you mess up.”

“This conversation makes me realise that there’s more to life that hustling, smoking drugs and beefing for no reason”

“I want to change and believe I will, you have maybe even saved my life and kept me out of the box (prison) and I’ll always use the knowledge and pass it onto my boys”


In 2013/2014 22 Rewind volunteers gave a total of 1700 hours of volunteering time last year and reached 550 young people.