|Jason Reed: Summer Pride of Green Pastures!|
Before Jason became a resident at Friends First his life was in chaos. He suffered various addictions and was sleeping in shop doorways.
Jason said “My life has done a complete 360. I have been off drugs and drink for a year, resisting re-offending and volunteering four days a week...and I live indoors! Friends First have given me a place to live!”
His face completely lights up as he talks about where he lives. His personal highlights include redecorating Green Pastures House in Boundary Road and learning new skills. He excels in carpentry and construction (a course run by Friends First) and was involved in the renovation of the Friends First workshop and new offices.
We presented Jason with his award at the House of Commons where he looked really smart, you would never guess his history. Jason quite comfortably engaged Andrew Selous, the Minister for Prisons in the UK.
Jason is keen to further his carpentry skills through a local college course, he will be using the Green Pastures prize money as a grant towards his course costs.