If you've been to prison, you're not necessarily a bad person. It's likely that you were desperate, and that you made the wrong choices. There are thousands of people like that in the UK. Tens of thousands, even.
But what if you don't know how to make the right choices? That's a big problem. Because if that's the case for you, there's a good chance you'll keep on making the same mistakes, over and over again.
You might have nothing in the way of qualifications. Or any meaningful work. You might have grown up in a family where illegal behaviour was pretty normal. Perhaps you have no real understanding of how to get on in the non-criminal world. All of this could be leading you to act like you do. You could be very, very used to being that way.
So when you're back in prison for the second or third time (or more), you could be desperate to change things and be a better person. The big question is how.
At St Giles Trust we know all about leaving prison, and the things that can lead people into re-offending. We know that, sometimes, bad things spiral. And we know how to address things when they do. You might not have even heard of us. We're not a well-known charity. Nothing flashy. But what we do, really works.
We help people on the outside. We take the time to sort things out. That could be helping someone to mend their personal relationships, or helping them get a City and Guilds qualification so they can find work. Whatever it takes, we tackle problems logically and help people get them fixed. A lot of us have been in prison too. So we know what we're talking about.
We also know that support services that only last a few years don't work. We know that things have to be consistent to be effective. It's no good saying 'we can help for a bit' to someone with decades of criminal behaviour to un-learn. That doesn't happen overnight.
But to keep helping people, St Giles Trust needs money. And you could help us. All we're asking for is £10. We're asking you and we're asking other people who understand, so when we put those donations together it will add up and make a big difference.