Becoming a visitor
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The visits to the Haslar I.R.C. remain both a challenge and an inspiration.
The butterflies in the stomach when fearing 'the worst' could happen and the joy when it doesn't hasn't changed for me over the last year.
The men I have visited have been very different individuals but have all
shown a tremendous amount of resilience, courage and patience. I have learned so much from them.
Living in such a busy world the opportunity to give undivided attention to someone for a full hour rarely happens - for me this makes visiting special.
I never cease to wonder at the dignity and strength of character shown by
the men. To be allowed insight into their lives can be harrowing but is
always a privilege. I am so grateful to be considered worthy to share, in
part, in the lives of the men I visit.
I have been visiting at Haslar IRC since July 2010 and I can honestly say it has
been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have met such a variety of people. I have received lots of positive feedback from detainees and officers about the difference visiting makes and how much the detainees look forward to visits. Sometimes I am the only contact they have with the outside world. I also
find visiting works both ways and that I get just as much enjoyment from visiting as the detainees! I try to find and research common ground to talk about.
Over the years I have learnt so much of other countries and cultures, including how to cook a yam and have had great discussions on who is going to win the X factor!! Some visits can be difficult, there are times when detainees are feeling down but I always try to go in with a positive attitude and hope in a small way I
can improve their day and make a difference.
Our registered charity number is: 1080187