A former prolific offender says he is determined to leave his criminal past behind him following the confidence shown in him by probation workers.
Paul Paget, 53, has a long history of offending behaviour between 1975 and 2016, being convicted of almost 200 offences.
Paul has a history of not complying with probation services, resulting in many recalls to prison over time, but that changed in 2017 when he was due for his latest release and was offered support from specialist Through the Gate support workers.
Through the Gate is a service delivered by Community Rehabilitation Companies to prisoners in the last three months of their sentence, assessing their needs as they transition to life in the community. Inside, Paul was supported by Pact, which works on behalf of Wales Community Rehabilitation Company
, and subsequently Probation Service Officer Fran Lewis and local charity Gwalia.
Paul said: “I have been in and out of justice institutions for the last 40 years or so, since I was about 12-years-old. I’ve never really wanted to change my ways before. But this time it was different.”
Paul’s biggest issue was accommodation. He had nowhere to go. But on release, he was met by Pact which supported him to find a suitable place to live immediately. And following work between Gwalia and Fran, Paul found a long-term place to call home soon after.